Facebook lifts ban on videos of beheadings
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Facebook announced Tuesday it would lift its ban on certain graphic content, such as videos of beheadings, as long as those videos were meant to raise awareness and did not “glorify violence or attack an individual or group.”
In May, the company temporarily imposed the ban after receiving several complaints about videos that showed decapitations.
Several people, including British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned Facebook’s decision on Twitter.
It's irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos, especially without a warning. They must explain their actions to worried parents.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) October 22, 2013
The social network said they are working to give people “additional control over the content they see,” which could include an advanced warning for graphic content.
The decision has caused quite the stir, and left us wondering: What do you think? Do you agree with Facebook’s decision? Do you think it supports free speech? Or do you believe this content is inappropriate? Weigh in below.