Facebook give the thumbs up for beheading

22 October 2013

Images and videos of decapitation, which were previously banned on Facebook for being, you know… a bit messy and a tad violent, have now been given the OK. Well, it’s not OK if you’re all like ‘beheadings! LOL!!!111 <3’. But if you post them in order to condemn them, then that’s fine, apparently.

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The temporary ban, which was put into force earlier this year in a bid to curb violent and graphic content on the social network, has been quietly lifted. A statement from Facebook explained:

‘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. People share videos of these events on Facebook to condemn them. If they were being celebrated, or the actions in them encouraged, our approach would be different.’

So don’t go starting a Facebook page of amusing clips called ‘You’ve Been Beheaded’. And don’t click the ‘like’ button on any beheading videos, just in case.

Who is posting all the beheading videos anyway? My timeline is just full of dogs and babies and boring status updates about Sober f****** October.

TOPICS:   Technology   Social Media

6 comments

  • Alexis
    "People share videos of these events on Facebook to condemn them. If they were being celebrated, or the actions in them encouraged, our approach would be different." What fucking difference does it make? A head being sliced off is a head being sliced off, no matter how many likes or condemnations it gets. I forsee a rapid backtrack on the horizon. Maybe Zuckerberg and O'Leary should be having a chat on dicktwit.
  • Mike O.
    Sober October was it? Glad Ive only just found out, was rat 4rsed at the weekend.
  • badger
    People seem to be focusing on the bogus concern of "will the kiddie-winks see it?" (they'd find it one way or another anyway), and ignoring the affront to human dignity. I honestly hope Facebook vanishes very soon down a big, dark hole.
  • Han S.
    Already taken offline and policy changed
  • Atilla
    "Already taken offline and policy changed" Back on in 6 months time again?
  • Jaff
    They'd find it one way or another? Really? I don't think that many kids go online to search for graphic depictions of murder. Porn, that's fine - to a certain extent what they do in the videos is natural. I remember cheekily having a look at that when I was a wee'un but I didn't look for murders. But most people agree murder is pretty wrong. No need for that.

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