On Monday, Facebook responded to a report of a grisly beheading video, saying it does not violate the social media site’s policy regarding graphic violence.
“We reviewed the video you reported, but found it doesn’t violate Facebook’s Community Standard on graphic violence, which includes depicting harm to someone or something, threats to the public’s safety, or theft and vandalism,” Facebook said.
The video, which was removed from the page that was originally reported, has been spotted on other timelines and clearly shows a woman being decapitated, allegedly for cheating on her husband.
A post by Celia Mellow at GoPetition said that Facebook gave her the same response to the video. Shocked at the video, she started a petition demanding it be pulled.
“We, the undersigned, call on Facebook to review any reports to remove the video posted by ‘Freddy Guidi’ and any other pages/users who have posted ‘Beheading videos’ in order to protect its users, the families of the victims and to prevent the spread of terrorist threats unnecessarily published on social networks,” the petition says.
According to a post at the Daily Kos, the video was shared over 40,000 times from a different timeline.
Due to the graphic nature of the video, we did not provide a link.
Diane Sori, a Florida-based conservative blogger who was banned from Facebook over a link she never posted, was livid.
“I got blocked because I didn’t take down a still pic of a beheading that I didn’t even know was there and this actual video of one is allowed,” she said in disbelief.
“I’m actually seething,” she told Examiner. “If this isn’t selective enforcement then I don’t know what is.”
We reached out to Facebook spokesman Fred Wolens for an explanation, but Wolens did not immediately respond.
Update: Facebook responded, justifying the decision to not pull the video. More information can be seen here.
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