Facebook Bans Content That Promotes Ex-Gay Torture

Agence France-Presse reports:

Facebook on Friday said it is banning content that promotes “conversion therapy,” which is based on the unfounded notion that gays can change their sexual orientation through psychological or spiritual intervention. Facebook and its image-centric social network Instagram are updating policies to require removal of content that directly promotes conversion therapy when such posts are flagged by users.

The move is an extension of an existing ban on ads that promote the tactic, which medical experts consider ineffective and often harmful. “We don’t allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity and are updating our policies to ban the promotion of conversion therapy services,” a Facebook spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry