Is a video of a woman being beheaded for adultery too graphic for Facebook?
An extremely graphic video showing a woman being decapitated with a knife by a masked man has for the last few days been spreading on Facebook. And although according to Facebook’s current policy the video doesn’t violate graphic content restrictions, the social media site has decided to remove all reported instances as it evaluates the situation.
According to one user sharing the video, the woman is being killed for cheating on her husband.
Joe Newby, who writes for the Spokane Conservative Examiner, reported Facebook spokesman Fred Wolens initially saying the graphic content was allowed to remain on the site because it was being shared in order to condemn it.
“Just as TV news programs often show upsetting images of atrocities, people can share upsetting videos on Facebook to raise awareness of actions or causes. While this video is shocking, our approach is designed to preserve people’s rights to describe, depict and comment on the world in which we live,” Wolens said, according to Newby.
Facebook’s policy regarding graphic content states:
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.
But in an emailed statement to TheBlaze, a Facebook’s spokeswoman wrote the site has now decided it will “remove instances of this video that are reported to us while we evaluate our policy and approach to this type of content.”
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