New Facebook Policy Sparks Fears of Sex Talk Crackdown

Looking for a good time? Well, don't post about it on Facebook.

The company has quietly updated its content-moderation policies to crack down on implicit requests for sex.

The expanded policy specifically bans "sexual slang," hints of "sexual roles, positions or fetish scenarios," and erotic art when mentioned with a sex act. Vague, but suggestive statements such as "looking for a good time tonight" when soliciting sex are also no longer allowed.

Facebook added the new "sexual solicitation" policy on Oct. 15. But it was only on Wednesday when internet users began to take notice. And many are not happy, fearing that the mere mention of sex will get their content taken down.

Facebook's new "sexual solicitation" policy is horrifying. It bans, among other things, erotic art (even non-explicit), talking about kink, talking about your boobs or butt, mentioning your preferences in sexual partners, "sexualized slang," and "vague suggestive statements."

— Uncanny Valley Girl (@alextemplemusic) December 5, 2018