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Facebook Changes Public Face Over Gory Beheading Video
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Facebook has changed its stance on controversial gory beheading videos it had posted on its website since UK Prime Minister David Cameron called Facebook irresponsible over the social media giant’s policy in keeping videos depicting violent beheadings on the site.

According to Fox News, “The social media website said it had “re-examined” the issue and removed a beheading video after concluding that it “improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence.” Facebook was quoted as saying that it would “strengthen the enforcement” of its policing policies with their graphic content as well as taking efforts to remove posts which “celebrate violence.”


Moves to help shape up the company’s policies include possible warnings about the nature of potentially graphic content, or a block that would prevent underage users from being able to access potentially graphic videos. Prime Minister Cameron feels that Facebook’s change in policy is the responsible move on the young company’s part, but that their priority should be to protect young children from being exposed to the gory films of death that float around the internet. Cameron was quoting as having responded to the new policy on Twitter,” I’m pleased Facebook has changed its approach on beheading videos. The test is now to ensure their policy is robust in protecting children.”

While initially Facebook considered that ‘world events’ and information sharing are a priority for its users, the gory nature of the video posted – of a Mexican drug cartel beheading a woman – has been removed after previously being allowed.

Facebook themselves released the statement, “People turn to Facebook to share their experiences and to raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violence.”

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Facebook notes finally, that in its users’ capacity to share, when graphic content is used to raise awareness and to condemn violence, that is in one category – but if it is noted that violence is celebrated, then Facebook removes the video or content.

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