SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook yanked a beheading video from the social network late Tuesday following outrage over its lifting of a ban on the gory imagery. The flip-flop came as it aimed to balance the diverse sensitivities of its billion-plus members with a desire to be a platform for free speech and real-world news stories.
“People turn to Facebook to share their experiences and to raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism, and other violence,” the firm said in a statement.
“When people share this type of graphic content, it is often to condemn it. If it is being shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate violence, Facebook removes it.”