Facebook Reverses Ban on Graphic Beheading Videos [UPDATED]

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Facebook Reverses Ban on Graphic Beheading Videos [UPDATED]
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UPDATE: Facebook confirmed that users can share these types of videos as long as they’re not encouraging the activity, and a spokesperson also told me that the company is working on ways to give users more ways to control the kind of content they see.

“Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences, particularly when they’re connected to controversial events on the ground, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violent events. 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. However, since some people object to graphic video of this nature, we are working to give people additional control over the content they see. This may include warning them in advance that the image they are about to see contains graphic content,” said a Facebook spokesperson.

UPDATE 2: Facebook has publicly clarified their policy on graphic violent content.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: In another twist to the just what the hell am I allowed to post on Facebook saga, it appears that the company will once again allow graphically violent videos featuring decapitation – as long as they aren’t posted to promote such activity.

The BBC is reporting that Facebook has made a policy reversal and is now allowing the violent videos to be posted on the basis that whoever posted the video is doing so to condemn such activity, and to shine a light on some shocking element of current events. The BBC was tipped to the fact that “a clip of a masked man killing a woman, which is believed to have been filmed in Mexico,” was recently reinstated on the site.

The video depicts a violent beheading, and is most likely the same video that caused the original uproar and led to s