Facebook removes beheading video in policy u-turn

Popular social sharing site changes tack following strong reaction to its decision to lift a ban on graphic content showing decapitation.

Facebook removes beheading video in policy u-turn

World Bulletin/News Desk

Social media website Facebook has changed its policy on making beheading videos accessible to its users and promptly took down a video after the move received a barrage of criticism.

A graphic footage showing a woman in Mexico decapitated alive is now unavailable on the page that hosted it, the BBC confirms.

Facebook issued a statement Wednesday on letting users access beheading videos, and explained its plan to strengthen the enforcement of its policies in light of reports it received.

The statement said that Facebook would now "take a more holistic look" at the context surrounding a gory image or video, and would remove content that "celebrates violence."

It also said that the site would take into account whether the user posting the content was acting responsibly, such as accompanying it with a warning and limiting access to an age-appropriate audience.

"Based on these enhanced standards, we have re-examined recent reports of graphic content and have concluded that this content improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence. For this reason, we have removed it," the statement said.

Facebook's decision to allow beheading videos was criticized by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who called it "irresponsible” in a tweet.

“They must explain their actions to worried parents,” Cameron wrote.

The BBC quoted Stephen Balkam, head of the Family Online Safety Institute charity that chairs Facebook's Safety Advisory Board, as saying that he was "unhappy" at the move, which he had not been told in advance.

Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 14:05
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