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Facebook Re-Bans Beheading Video, Still Bans Breasts

Submitted by on October 23, 2013 – 10:51 amNo Comment

Facebook has reinstated a ban on some graphic, violent content after briefly lifting it yesterday, but will still police similar content. The move will likely anger many opposing parties simutaneously, with some saying it limits speech on the website, and others saying it is hypocritical and pointless to allow some violence while banning other content like nude images.

The issue arose over a video of a masked man in Mexico beheading a woman. On Monday, the social network had said it would allow such content as long as it does not glorify the violence, and comments on it are moderated.

But on Tuesday, Facebook clarified the decision:

“When we review content that is reported to us, we will take a more holistic look at the context surrounding a violent image or video,” Facebook said in a statement.

“Second, we will consider whether the person posting the content is sharing it responsibly, such as accompanying the video or image with a warning and sharing it with an age-appropriate audience,” Facebook said.

The revised policy resulted in the removal once again of the specific beheading video.

Facebook has struggled repeatedly recently to balance free speech with content standards and guidelines, often citing the need to “protect” the sites millions of minor users. Facebook slowly took action against groups that promote violence against women, and removed ads from Groups and Pages deemed offensive.

Facebook has also received criticism from women who say breastfeeding and even post-mastectomy photos are taken down. Recently, an artist provoked Facebook censors by posting a photo that appeared to show a nude woman, but was actually just an optical illusion; the photo was pulled, and the incident went viral.

What do you think- should Facebook police content? Should it just allow everything?

[via The Globe and Mail]

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