A lot of questions have been asked and very few answers as responses with still many users yet to understand the terms of agreement governing the social media site Facebook. Recently, it’s been understood that Facebook has been biased concerning the level of content posted on the site.
It was just recently, precisely on Wednesday last week a murder occurred with gunshots and people screaming while the young man of 28years was shot as he was live streaming on the site. The video is on the social media platform and questions have been asked as regards the video, especially why this content is still on the site and haven’t been removed.
Unfortunately, Facebook opines that this video is of no harm to anyone and doesn’t promote violence stating that it doesn’t violate the rules surrounding the site. It deemed that it falls under a different category: Raising awareness. Instead of removing those types of videos, they’re marked with a user warning.
Facebook said that it’s a fine line. When an ISIS sympathizer killed a police commander and live streamed it earlier this week, that video was pulled.
Facebook’s community standards are broken into eight categories, including attacks on public figures, bullying and harassment, sexual violence and regulated goods. But exactly what it allows and when isn’t so cut and dry. The community standards state that it “aims to find the right balance” to keep people safe, encourage respectful behaviour, acknowledge cultural diversity, and empower people to control what they see in their feeds.
In 2014, a group of mothers complained that their breastfeeding pictures were removed. Same time that year, Facebook added more context to its policy to allow for these types of non-sexual images. This was thanks in part to a hash tag movement, #FreeThe Nipple, which brought attention to the banning of female nudity on sites like Instagram and Facebook.
Facebook may be biased regarding content but it is understood that regardless of what terms surrounding the social media platform, the video of the young man should be taken off.