Mike the headless chicken (above) at least had an excuse for not having a brain in his head – because he didn’t have a head. Facebook on the other hand are slowly losing the plot. Over the last year the mistakes from the once untouchable website are becoming news on a regular basis.
Today they had to backtrack on a decision to allow videos of people being decapitated, murdered and attacked with chainsaws and remove them all from the site. Sorry? At what point was it okay to allow them in the first place? How can you justify showing those kinds of crimes on a social network site on the grounds that – and I quote – that people had the right to depict “world in which we live”. What the f*ckity f*ck is wrong with you?
They have since changed their minds but it took members of the committee that agree these things, several international charities and other press group to point out that it might not be a good idea. When it was initially reported to Facebook that these clips might not be acceptable, you know seeing a Mexican beheaded and another two people being attacked with knives and chainsaws they replied with this:
“Thanks for your report. We reviewed the video you reported, but found it doesn’t violate Facebook’s Community Standard on graphic violence, which includes depicting harm to someone or something, threats to the public’s safety, or theft and vandalism.”
I know! It’s like someone has taken their ability to read and understand away from them as well as their sense of decency. I think the problem is that once something gets as big as Facebook has, any chance of stopping these things before they are viewed by millions of people around the world is impossible. That is something that they really don’t have a huge control over, but to see it and then say it’s okay then there really are serious questions to be asked of those at the top of the company. Usually these sorts of things are blown up out of all proportion but as charities have rightly pointed out a young person seeing that sort of thing could be psychologically damaged by watching such things.
There is a real arrogance about Facebook – that they’ve become too big to fail. The problem for them is that people will just not use it or delete their accounts if their feeds are full of this kind of violent and graphic images and videos – that is the only way that they will realise that they have a duty of care as well as a right to make money.