Here's the policy.

Gannett Media Conversation Guidelines

As guided by USA TODAY Network's Principles of Ethical Conduct for Newsrooms, we "encourage and promote views that foster understanding, insight and civil discourse. We seek to offer viewpoints that represent various views on a particular topic." All views, respectfully presented, are welcome.

By joining the conversation you agree to all the relevant conditions in the Terms of Service and as Terms of Service apply for Facebook.

We reserve the right to suspend users and/or remove comments that, in our judgment, infringe on others' ability to take part in dialogue. Violations that may result in removal include:

    Personal attacks, abuse or harassment of other community members, subjects of our coverage or staff;

    Hate speech or stereotypes that attack or disparage an ethnic, sexual or religious group or a member of any such group;

    Obscenities, vulgarities or any variation of such that suggests, connotes or contains indecent, offensive or lewd speech;

    Advertisements/promotions, spam (including multiple posts that contain the same or similar content), off-topic content, plagiarism and/or copyrighted material.

    Commenting under pseudonym/fake Facebook account.

If you see a violation of these guidelines, report it to Facebook by clicking the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment in question, and marking the comment as spam or abuse.

If you have ideas on how to improve the conversation or community, fill out a Contact form.

Facebook Commenting FAQs

Q: How do I report an inappropriate or abusive comment?

A: Hover over the upper right corner of the comment until an "X" appears. Then click the "X" and choose one of the options to report a comment as spam or abuse. The comment will be removed from your view. Facebook tracks abuse reports and automatically bans users who are consistently abusive.

Q: What is a Top Commenter and how do I become one?

A: Facebook automatically assigns The Top Commenter badge to users whose comments are most often "Liked" by others. To earn the Top Commenter badge, keep doing what you're doing: being civil and respectful, respecting other viewpoints and following the Conversation Guidelines.

Q: What if my question wasn't answered here?

A: If you're having problems with your Facebook account, please visit Facebook's Help page.