featured, TECHNOLOGY — October 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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 By Aag Desk

Facebook began adding warning messages Tuesday to gruesome videos of beheadings after a shift in policy prompted an outcry.

 

According to screen shots on media sites including the BBC and Guardian, the social media giant was adding warnings saying such videos contained “extremely graphic content” and “may be upsetting.”

 

Facebook did not respond to repeated AFP queries on its policy. Facebook had introduced a temporary ban on videos of beheadings in May following complaints that the graphic footage could cause users long-term psychological harm.

 

But it confirmed on Monday that it had reversed the decision on the grounds that the site is used to share information about world events, including terrorist attacks and human rights abuses.

 

It added, however, that it was considering adding warnings to graphic videos and that photos or videos that “glorify violence” would be removed.

 

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday condemned Facebook as “irresponsible” and said “worried parents” needed to hear an explanation from the US-based website.

 

“It’s irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos, especially without a warning,” Cameron said on Twitter.

 

Facebook said this week that it would allow such material because “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,” the statement said.

 

Facebook has been criticized for allowing this type of violence while banning other content such as nudity.

 

On its standards page, Facebook says “we remove content and may escalate to law enforcement when we perceive a genuine risk of physical harm, or a direct threat to public safety… Organizations with a record of terrorist or violent criminal activity are not allowed to maintain a presence on our site.”

 

The world’s biggest social network, with over one billion members, said it seeks to avoid censorship and its policy notes that “graphic imagery is a regular component of current events, but must balance the needs of a diverse community.”

 

“Sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited,” it says.

courtesy http://www.thenews.com.pk/

  • Saleem Arien

    They might block Face Book in Pakistan just like You Tube

  • Haroon Shah

    I think FB like other community portals have rigid policies but they only do what they like to do and turn a deaf ear even if the whole world is screaming against a certain post or page

  • Sobia

    If Face Book contains extremely graphic content then why in the world it is even posted on the Face Book ? Isn’t it supposed to be a social networking site which is against pornography ,terrorism , vandalism and violence ?

  • Ghufran Shazad

    It is the responsibility of parents not to allow their under age kids to access such sites !

  • Raheem Jibran

    What positivity are you talking about . Face Book is the evil of all evils in the world . This is seriously created for the Jew Lobby to capture the whole world and one can see the impact clearly . Devastating personal lives , professional work and what not . Face Book is responsible for half of the population of the world , because of addictive nature ,slacking and staying in front of the computer at productive work hours . EVIL .

  • Farhanzada

    I feel it is entirely up to people how they want to use Face Book and other social networking websites. I have always used it for my benefit and made a lot of business through it . Be heading of people is sin as it . Why should one document it and upload it to Face Book ?