Facebook: Violence Warning Will Now Appear on Graphic Videos

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Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 01:18 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Facebook violence warnings have been added to graphic videos uploaded to the site.

The introductory warning comes after the social media website received pushback for its recent decision to reverse a previous policy that banned users from uploading materials that contained violent content.

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So the next time you try to click on a graphic video, before you can view it, you'll see the message: "Warning! This video contains extremely graphic content and may be upsetting."

The decision to add the violence warnings could have been in response to the site being criticized for its policy reversal by the likes of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who on Tuesday tweeted out his disappointment with Facebook over fears that children could unknowingly be exposed to the violent videos.

After learning of the warning labels, Cameron revised his view of the Facebook policy change.

The controversy arose after Facebook allowed a user to post a video showing a woman being decapitated, possibly in South America.

On Tuesday, the site addressed the issue through a press release and explained its reason for reversing the policy on violent videos on Facebook.

"People turn to Facebook to share their experiences and to raise awareness about issues important to them," Facebook wrote in the statement. "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.

"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," the site added.

Ironically, the video that caused the controversy was subsequently removed on Wednesday by Facebook, which claimed the clip "improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence" violence rather than condemns it, as was the reason for the policy shift in the first place.

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