Facebook allows beheading videos, not nudity

1:39 PM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
After banning videos and images showing decapitations, Facebook is again allowing such graphic content if the intent is to condemn the acts depicted. not glorify them. (Photo: Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook has changed its stance on allowing beheading videos on its global digital town square, adding a pre-roll graphic content warning.

The social giant's move is an about-face from a position it took to remove such graphic videos in May. Facebook's decision to allow certain videos was based on whether the videos condemn such acts.

"People share videos of these events on Facebook to condemn them. If they were being celebrated, or the actions in them encouraged, our approach would be different," Facebook said in a statement obtained by The BBC.

Facebook's decision raises concerns because it allows those aged 13 and older as members. The company last week changed its privacy settings to permit teenagers to share posts, photos and videos worldwide.

"Press freedom comes with responsibility -- and that should apply to Facebook too. It is wrong to show decapitations," wrote Peter Barron on Twitter, a newspaper editor and children's book author.

Facebook representatives Alison Schumer and Matt Steinfeld did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Facebook does, however, say it removes nudity or sexually suggestive content.

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