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.
I personally will not weigh in on the issue but I will say this: issues like this are in such a Grey area that it's literally impossible to appease to both sides. Ultimately Facebook will have to make the choice and deal with any negative or positive consequences.
It's a tough question but I'll weigh in. Heinous is heinous and disturbing, period. Kids are all over Facebook and there is no reason this content should be left exposed. There are other platforms that can speak to these atrocities with control and restraint so that people aren't scarred. It does no good to show evil without a very specific level of control. It lets evil have a wide open platform and that's just more evil. Facebook should be held accountable for sure. Mainstream media is held accountable for responsible journalism and Facebook is about as mainstream and broadcast as it gets these days.
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And David Cameron would get my vote, at least on this topic, for speaking out. Good job.
I agree that the fact that kids can see this sort of thing without there being really any filters available is a problem, but to me that's a separate issue--one of parental controls. The central issue is to what extent Facebook wants to be a censor. The company seems to err on the side of staying out of the way, which I actually think is best.
So many media outlets are controlled by parent companies (remember this? http://hothardware.com/News/CNET-Given-The-Boot-as-CES-Product-Judge-CEA-Cites-Conflict-of-Interest-with-CBS-Parent-Company/). But anyone can have a voice on Facebook and on other social media outlets, and I think that's really important. I think it democratizes information in a very powerful way, and it should be protected.
And we should also be able to protect our kids from seeing that sort of raw, seriously disturbing imagery.
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