SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook has changed its stance on allowing
beheading videos on its global digital town square, adding a pre-roll
graphic content warning.
The social giant's move is an about-face
from a position it took to remove such graphic videos in May. Facebook's
decision to allow certain videos was based on whether the videos
condemn such acts.
"People share videos of these events on
Facebook to condemn them. If they were being celebrated, or the actions
in them encouraged, our approach would be different," Facebook said in a
statement obtained by The BBC.
Facebook's decision raises
concerns because it allows those aged 13 and older as members. The
company last week changed its privacy settings to permit teenagers to
share posts, photos and videos worldwide.
"Press freedom comes
with responsibility -- and that should apply to Facebook too. It is
wrong to show decapitations," wrote Peter Barron on Twitter, a newspaper
editor and children's book author.
Facebook representatives Alison Schumer and Matt Steinfeld did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Facebook does, however, say it removes nudity or sexually suggestive content.