Facebook to Allow More Graphic News

Facebook to Allow More Graphic News
Facebook said that it will allow more graphic footage of newsworthy content on the social network.

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(CCM) — Facebook will review its policy to allow users to share more graphic footage or potentially disturbing content that it deems newsworthy. Its Community Team is now working to re-calibrate the standard guidelines. "Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them — even if they might otherwise violate our standards," Facebook Vice Presidents Joel Kaplan and Justin Osofsky said.

In the past, Facebook has been in the news for censoring so-called offensive content despite its major editorial and historical value. (This is usually defined as content that features nudity or incites violence.) One example is when it had to issue apology for having taken down a flagged breast cancer awareness video. The non-profit organization that created the video raised concern over how an informative video which that can save lives is called “offensive.” In September, the social media site again faced major outrage after removing a historic Vietnam War photo that the showed a naked Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm bombing, which was shared by Norway's Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. In both times, Facebook said that the images violated its community standards.

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