Following the passing of H.R. 1865, also known as FOSTA, into law back in April of 2018 – a law that holds online publishers liable for criminal sex trafficking linked to sexual exploitation or solicitation via user activity – we’ve seen a number of major online websites completely alter their terms of service and crack down on content with the ferocity of Judge Dredd giving the Lawgiver a test run on escaped death row inmates at a shooting gallery.
One of those platforms making a drastic change to their content policy was Facebook. Back on December 6th, 2018 it was reported by Reason.com that their policy regarding sexual solicitation, imagery used in relation to solicitation, and dialogue, video, or chat that could be construed as solicitation, are all banned.
Essentially, you cannot use any kind of language to suggest that you want to hook up with someone for a sexual encounter through Facebook.
The rules are laid out over on the Community Standards page under section 15, Sexual Solicitation, where it states…
“As noted in Section 8 of our Community Standards (Sexual Exploitation of Adults), people use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognize the importance of and want to allow for this discussion. We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults. We also restrict sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community. “
So basically, talking about hooking up with someone, making someone horny and wanting to get with them, or even talking about masturbation with that person is prohibited. No, really.
But it goes beyond even that. The page has a list of other taboo forms of discussion and content sharing that’s no longer allowed on Facebook, essentially prohibiting users from using the social media service as a hookup device.
This is obviously supposed to be targeting the pornographers, prostitutes, pimps, and sex services that solicits people through social media, but the language will also inevitably affect swingers, single people trying to hook up, married people trying to cheat, or people who are really bad at flirting.
(Thanks for the news tip Animatic800)