Facebook under flak for lifting ban on graphic content on site

London, Oct. 23 (ANI): Facebook is reportedly being slammed for its decision to lift the ban on graphic content posted on the site, and the latest to join the anti-move side is UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who called the social media giant's actions as 'irresponsible'.

Facebook had put a temporary ban on such content after it was severely criticized for a video showing beheading of a woman in Mexico.

However, recently it lifted the ban, saying users post such videos with intent of 'condemning the act' and had there been the intent of encouraging such acts, Facebook would have taken an alternative stand.

According to the BBC, the latest move by the social media giant about allowing the content has also been condemned by one of the website's advertisers.

Car-sharing firm Zipcar revealed that it was disappointed with its adverts appearing next to one of such violent videos adding that they do not condone such type of abhorrent content being circulated on the site.

Meanwhile, Facebook's spokeswoman said that people post on Facebook to share their experiences, express opinion on issues related to human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violent events.

She further said that since the company has lifted the ban on graphic content, it is also working on features to allow people more content over the content they see, which might include advance warning about the content.

The report added that the South Australia Police (Sapol) force registered a complaint with Facebook about the alleged video showing the decapitation of a woman, but was turned down the request of removing it from the site, as the company did not find it in 'violation of their community standard on graphic violence'. (ANI)


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