Facebook Removes Decapitation Video It Defended the Day Before

The company now believes the video in question glorifies violence and doesn't condemn it

Facebook has re-reversed its decision to allow graphical violence videos on the site. After receiving quite a bit of criticism yesterday over its decision to unban this type of clips, the company relented and re-instated the ban.

Strictly speaking, the social platform didn't change its policy, but it did remove the video that has been causing all the commotion.

The video first surfaced up in May and showed a woman being decapitated. Following complaints, Facebook took the clip down. But it resurfaced earlier this week and, initially, the company defended it, saying that it didn't glorify violence and it was an important story.

But less than 24 hours after that, Facebook once again removed the video in question.

"When people share this type of graphic content, it is often to condemn it. If it is being shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate violence, Facebook removes it," the company said in a statement.

"As part of our effort to combat the glorification of violence on Facebook, we are strengthening the enforcement of our policies," Facebook added.

"Based on these enhanced standards, we have re-examined recent reports of graphic content and have concluded that this content improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence. For this reason, we have removed it," the company concluded.

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