Facebook: Beheadings Now OK, but No Breasts
Ban on gore lifted, as long as acts are condemned
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2013 2:22 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2013 3:19 AM CDT
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – Facebook users might want to brace for bloodier newsfeeds: The site has quietly dropped a ban on gory photos and videos, including those showing beheadings. Gory videos were temporarily banned earlier this year, but the policy has now changed again, the BBC found when investigating a complaint about Facebook's refusal to remove a page showing a masked man killing a woman. Facebook says videos and photographs of graphic violence are allowed—but only if they are posted for users to condemn the acts, not celebrate them.

"Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences, particularly when they're connected to controversial events on the ground, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism, and other violent events," a spokesman explains. "People share videos of these events on Facebook to condemn them." The company says "sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited" and it is working on ways to warn users in advance about graphic material, reports Reuters. The company's ban on nudity, meanwhile, including any image showing a woman's "fully exposed breast," remains in place.

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Oct 22, 2013 2:52 PM CDT
MORE BREASTS...less be heading
Oct 22, 2013 2:12 PM CDT
If everyone posted photos of breasts on FB would they ban everyone? Let's find out.
Oct 22, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
To anyone interested on the ironies of censorship, I recommend the documentary "This Film is Not Yet Rated". The most disturbing element is that violence is condoned over sex. What message does this send our society? That violence is more natural than physical attraction? A "funny" thing is, the NC-17 is only used against sex. No one ever says anything about on-screen violence. In fact, any movie can have the highest body count ever, and be rated R. If there's no blood, it might even get a PG-13. Apparently, any kind of "weird sex" is not welcome: oral sex (Boys Don't Cry), threesomes(The Dreamers, American Psycho), gay stuff (Mysterious Skin, Where The Truth Lies), female masturbation (Jersey Girl, a PG-13 movie, almost got an R just because Liv Tyler talks about it)