A suicide streamed live exposes Facebook’s thin line between violence and public service

The decision to pull down a video isn’t one Facebook takes lightly. The social network’s policy is to not remove any user content, as long as the value of public discourse outweighs the discomfort caused by said content. And while Facebook explicitly forbids content that celebrates or glorifies violence, a succession of graphic images, videos, and live videos posted to the site have exposed the ambiguity of those rules. In 2014, for example, Facebook refused to take down a US marine’s self-harm images, despite pleas from his family, citing the distinction in its community guidelines between a person sharing their own self-harm as opposed to someone sharing another person’s self-harm. After public outcry, the site later relented. – Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz http://ift.tt/2jODCuU

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