Despite of the fact that Facebook is leading the social media race in all sense, the company is often found landing up in a controversy especially for its privacy policies and the content been shared on the platform. It is still not an old story where we witnessed Facebook’s immunity towards the appeals of Muslims who demanded the removal of anti-Islamic cartooned pictures but this time the video controversy has forced the biggest social media site to finally remove the content and produce a refined version of Facebook’s policy on Violent Videos.
The ’Beheading’ Video Controversy
Decapitation is brutal act of beheading a person’s or an animal’s head using a sword or a knife. Usually the living beings die out of the act in no time. In order to condemn the violence, Facebook temporarily banned decapitation videos in May 2013 but a similar video was been noticed by the BBC on the social media where a woman was been beheaded by a man. The video got viral on Facebook where the users started to share it to condemn Facebook’s policy on violent videos.
Facebook’s reaction on the ’Beheading’ Video Controversy
At first, the team showed a complete reluctance in removing the content and the spokesman clarified that the share was only an act of condemning this form of abuse. However, the authorities took the notice and the politicians started talking about the story and blamed Facebook for not ensuring the content which is been posted on this platform.
The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron tweeted:
The pressure increased and finally Facebook added a tagline to the beheading video that “WARNING! This video contains extremely graphic content and may be upsetting.”.
Facebook revealed its policy on Violent Videos
The video is now removed and the team has finally produced a policy draft in syntax to the matter.
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Social media has turned into a real message spreader which can now be easily blamed for promoting violence and indecent acts. Though that the controversy seems to have reached its end, it is yet important to question Facebook on the criteria of promoting ‘what’ ideas globally.