I complained to Facebork after I got a specific video in my timeline of a child being shot in the head at close range. His death and the force of the bullet entering his skull meant that he then fell almost upside down into a pre-dug open grave. The person recording the video caught all of this in close-up. For good measure a few extra gun shots were fired into the body once it lay motionless in the grave.
I objected to the video on the grounds that it ‘contained graphic violence’. That was the only option that Facebork allows that is close to the option I wanted which was that it contained ‘graphic murder of a child’. I mean, hell, it was a video glorifying the murder of a young child. How much more ‘violent’ than murder can you get?
Not unsurprisingly, Facebork reviewed my complaint and found that ‘it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.’
The relevant bit of Facebork’s Community Standards is:
Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences and raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism. In many instances, when people share this type of content, it is to condemn it. However, graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.
When people share any content, we expect that they will share in a responsible manner. That includes choosing carefully the audience for the content. For graphic videos, people should warn their audience about the nature of the content in the video so that their audience can make an informed choice about whether to watch it.
I would contend that the arseholes who are sharing these videos of children being murdered are not sharing in a responsible manner, yet there is no way to report them or object on a ‘global’ basis across Facebork. And even if the share included a warning to allow others to ‘make an informed choice about whether to watch it’, the ridiculous Facebork autoplay feature just plays the video without allowing for any viewing choice.
If a graphic video, a video of child murder, is shared to one’s timeline, one is forced to actually watch it.
This is the case regardless of the age, sensibilities, or desires of the person being forced to watch graphic child murder.
Children using Facebork are being forced to watch graphic close-up videos of other children being murdered.
How can this ever be acceptable?