Date
23 September 2017
Following recommendations from its own safety advisors, Facebook has begun placing warning messages over gory videos and images posted to its site. Photo: Bloomberg
Following recommendations from its own safety advisors, Facebook has begun placing warning messages over gory videos and images posted to its site. Photo: Bloomberg

Facebook restricts violent videos, images

Facebook has begun placing warnings over graphic or violent videos posted to its site, preventing the videos from automatically playing in news feeds.

The warnings state that the content might “shock, offend and upset” if users choose to view it, BBC reported.

The site is also preventing graphic videos and photos from being shown to any user who has identified himself as being below 18 years in age.

The restrictions come in the wake of recommendations from Facebook’s own safety advisers.

Among the first posts to be affected are uploaded files containing video footage of policeman Ahmed Merabet being shot dead in Paris by a terrorist involved in last week’s Charlie Hebdo attacks, the report said.

Facebook has faced repeated criticism over recent years for allowing violent and graphic images that it deems to be of public interest or concern to remain on its pages.

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