Facebook does U-turn on beheading videos

2013-05-02 08:45
Facebook will delete beheading videos being shared at the social network as it re-evaluates its policy regarding whether such content is acceptable. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Facebook will delete beheading videos being shared at the social network as it re-evaluates its policy regarding whether such content is acceptable. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday said it will delete beheading videos being shared at the social network as it re-evaluates its policy regarding whether such content is acceptable.

The move came as a reversal for Facebook, which had been responding to complaints by refusing to intervene since the clips didn't violate the social network's policy because they were being shared to condemn decapitations.

Facebook had equated sharing of the video at the social network to news organisations that broadcast graphic scenes to bring attention to and rally sentiment against violent acts.

"We will remove instances of these videos that are reported to us while we evaluate our policy and approach to this type of content," Facebook said in an e-mail response to an inquiry.

The turn-about reportedly came after the California-based social network's safety advisory board criticised the decision to leave the gruesome clips up at the website.

The controversy centred on two videos that appeared to have been made in Mexico, and weapons used to behead victims included a chain saw and a knife, according to online reports.
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