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Facebook Finally Removes Controversial Graphic Murder Videos

Facebook wallThis story is a follow-up to the original article Facebook’s Refusal to Shut Down Video of Woman’s Murder Disgusts Public

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook made a sudden reversal of its position and has decided to remove the video and others like it.  The BBC reported that they issued a statement on their original decision to leave the video up:

“People are sharing this video on Facebook to condemn it. Just as TV news programmes often show upsetting images of atrocities, people can share upsetting videos on Facebook to raise awareness of actions or causes. While this video is shocking, our approach is designed to preserve people’s rights to describe, depict and comment on the world in which we live.”

Eventually, they relented.  This was partially due to pressure from outside organizations.  At least one member of Facebook’s safety advisory board was also appalled by the video.  Here is the statement they issued on the removal of the videos:

“We will remove instances of these videos that are reported to us while we evaluate our policy and approach to this type of content.”

The problem I have is that Facebook was not proactive enough to understand that you don’t have to show this kind of graphic violence to condemn it.  I will condemn rape with every breath I have, but I don’t need to show a woman getting raped to do it.  They should also understand that people will share this kind of video to entertain themselves.  To avoid having their videos removed all they had to do was put a statement with it looking for condemnation.  According to their policy, I could have put any video of murder up with the tag “This is terrible!”

This shows a terrible lack of foresight on behalf of Facebook.  As the largest social networking site, they should understand that this kind of material is unacceptable, no matter what tag line the poster includes.  The fact that they know there are millions of children under the age of 13 on the site takes their refusal to act borderline negligent.

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