Policy change again BBC News - Facebook makes U-turn over decapitation video clip
Hard to keep up!
Rawns (23rd October 2013)
The biggest problem I have over it this is the lack of consistency in their censorship. Ultimately Facebook is a business and so long as the content they are hosting is not illegal (see below) it's up to them what they do and don't allow. At the moment they seem to lurch back and forth over allowing this sort of violent content while consistently and aggressively censoring even partial nudity such as images of breastfeeding. In my view this a reflection on the shambolic and hypocritical nature of their acceptable content policies, and in a wider context, US public opinion over acceptable content at all. It's worth noting that a perusal of US news websites last night seemed to indicate there has not been as vocal an outcry stateside.
Ultimately, Facebook need to come up with sensible policies, apply them consistently, and be honest with users about what sort of business they are. Raking in cash from children using their games platform while allowing this sort of disgusting content is not on in my book.
As for legal jurisdiction, one of the links @plexer mentioned is relatively clear:
It's difficult to see why this isn't therefore being pursued legally. I can only suspect that the army of lawyers Facebook has at its disposal is giving the CPS pause over whether they have a realistic chance of winning.In the case of R v Waddon the Court of Appeal held that the content of American websites could come under British jurisdiction when downloaded in the United Kingdom.
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 23rd October 2013 at 10:39 AM.
The UK has pretty clear obscene publications law and I really don't understand how they can safely allow this as they have a UK subsidiary don't they? Why isn't the government pursuing it?
As long as it isn't illegal it's fine.
It's also to do with context. I don't give a flying whatsit about your kids when I'm trying to read a news article and it's getting blocked because of content filters.
Incidently I do think that parents bear a responsibilty but we shouldn't absolve FB of all responsibility either.
Last edited by sparkeh; 23rd October 2013 at 10:55 AM.
This isn't anything new, there have been plenty of other sites from the days when BBS was king. Difference is content is now pushed to users instead of the old days of pulling users to the content. Also consider content like this is used to spread Facebook worms.
I am of the opinion, groups should have age limits, and proper categorisation. There should also be a limit on the videos posted, whilst I personally have no problem with the video described, I can see why others would. They *should* moderate these things, but do you realise just how many videos get posted and how many staff there are to cover each country?
When I applied for FB, there was a total of 24 staff for the entire of the UK, and only 2 were for reported posts/videos/pictures etc. Now cross that with roughly 40 million UK users, not an easy task!
The only solution Facebook can provide is that it authorises every picture, video and link which means users will have to wait for their uploaded content. If Facebook needs to take more responsibility for the content it holds, then surely users (especially parents and schools) should take more responsibility in what children have access to.
I don't know about you guys, but when I have kids they aren't getting a mobile phone or a facebook account until they are at least 16.
Without trying to sound like an old git the fundamental problem is society in general. There was an instance a couple of years ago where someone committed suicide by jumping off a balcony in the Bullring (Birmingham). That on its own was sad enough but the number of people I then saw taking out there phones just to take pictures and videos was the part that truly disgusted me. Society has lost all of it morals, someone had died and all these people wanted to do was take pictures and show all of their friends.
Many of these pictures ended up on Facebook and there were calls for them to be removed. I do not believe this was Facebooks job; it is down to those people who didn't have the common decency to not take a picture in the first place.
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