Facebook Allows Beheading Video On Their Website
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. New reports show Facebook has lifted its ban on users posting violent videos.
Nobody initially realized Facebook changed its policy until reports on BBC said a violent beheading video from a Mexican cartel began showing up on some user’s feeds.
When it was reported by users to be taken down, Facebook refused to comply.
Now the company seems to have flipped its position since May 1st, when Facebook decided to ban all excessively violent images.
Local counselor Scott Aber says the violent content could have very real effects on a young mind.
“It is very normal for teens to see a lot of violent images. What that does besides get their adrenal glands going, is it desensitizes them to real violence,” says Aber.
Facebook has recently added a message to accompany violent videos that says “Warning, this video contains extremely graphic content, and may be upsetting,” but they stand firm in their decision to allow these videos on their website.
Here is the exact text from their Community Standards Policy:
-“People use Facebook to share events through photos and videos. We understand 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.”