Facebook removes beheading video after public outcry

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO


Facebook has stirred up a storm with a controversial decision to lift a ban on violent videos, including beheadings.

The social networking site has announced that it was working on new ways to keep users from stumbling across gruesome content on its website following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos there.

Facebook Inc removed a video of a woman being beheaded from its website on Tuesday and said it would use a broader set of criteria to determine when gory videos are permitted on the site. That video was removed from Facebook under the May ban, then allowed to return to the site when the ban was lifted.

The controversy, which has drawn critical comment from British Prime Minister David Cameron, illustrates the difficulty of setting a universal standard across the social network used by one billion people.




More than one billion people around the globe use Facebook every month, according to the website, which was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and four fellow students at Harvard University.

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