Facebook Allows Videos Of Graphic Beheadings Back On Site

Facebook News - DefaultConcerns grow that younger Facebook users may find such videos upsetting.

In a move which has shocked many users, Facebook has decided to allow the posting of graphic videos, including those showing people being decapitated.

Facebook had introduced a temporary ban in May following complaints that the clips could cause long-term psychological damage. However, in a turn-around, it confirmed it now believed its users should be free to watch and condemn such videos. It added it was, however, considering adding warnings.

According to Facecrooks:

Facebook has said that it will allow the videos to remain posted so long as they are condemning and not supporting the violent videos. They also said that they’re considering giving users greater control over what they see, and may include a warning label on violent video clips.

“Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences, particularly when they’re connected to controversial events on the ground, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violent events,” said a Facebook spokesperson. “People are sharing this video on Facebook to condemn it. If the video were being celebrated, or the actions in it encouraged, our approach would be different.”

According to a BBC article, one suicide prevention charity condemned the move, with Dr Arthur Cassidy, a former psychologist who runs a branch of the Yellow Ribbon Program in Northern Ireland saying:

“It only takes seconds of exposure to such graphic material to leave a permanent trace – particularly in a young person’s mind. The more graphic and colourful the material is, the more psychologically destructive it becomes.”

Facebook allows anyone aged 13 and above to be a member. Its terms and conditions now state that it will remove photos or videos that “glorify violence” in addition to other banned material, including a woman’s “fully exposed breast”.

So far opinion is divided, with some users saying that the videos should not be allowed on a website that permits children 13 and older to use it, while others are saying that it’s the responsibility of the children’s parents, not Facebook, to police what their children see on the site. But having said that, there are bound to be many adults who really don’t want to see it either.

You can read more about this matter on the Facecrooks website here and the BBC news site here.

YoVillians, what do you think about this move by Facebook to allow graphic videos depicting violence to be posted by users? Does it bother you at all? Please tell us whether you are for or against the proposal in the comment box below. Please also like and share this article so that parents can be made aware of what is happening. thank-you.

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