Monday, December 22, 2014

Should a video of a kitten being burned alive be allowed on facebook?

Recently I stumbled across an article talking about how Facebook would not remove a video of a kitten being doused with gasoline and then burned alive. Here is part of their response to calls for the video to remove.

“While we do not allow content that directly encourages violence, we try to create a safe environment that balances people's desire to express themselves and in some cases condemn what they see,” the response reads at one point. “Facebook's community standards say that graphic videos are shared on the site as a means of condemning the violence depicted, and raise awareness of instances of animal cruelty or atrocities committed worldwide.”

1.  "While we do not allow content that directly encourages violence..."

We live in a society where there are those who get a rush out of getting a negative reaction out of people online. We term those sad, pathetic souls as trolls.  The 15 minutes of negative fame that comes with posting a video of burning a kitten online directly encourage cruelty to animals to those trolls because it gives them the rush they desire.  They know because facebook will do nothing, all they have to do is be cruel to an animal on video, post it on facebook and watch people get angry.  Take away Facebook and social media would stupid still happen without a platform to share?  

2.  "graphic videos are shared on the site as a means of condemning the violence depicted, and raise awareness of instances of animal cruelty or atrocities committed worldwide.

Showing graphic videos of cruelty to animals is OK because it raises awareness does not fly with me.  Nobody asked the kitten if it wanted to be burned alive to raise awareness for animal cruelty.   The video wasn't about stopping animal cruelty.  It was two idiots thinking it is funny to burn a kitten alive.  People condemning the video in the comment sections is exactly what trolls want.  It gives them the rush they need and love.  

If facebook wanted to raise awareness about animal cruelty, a news article showing how the company helped law enforcement find and arresting the two offending individuals would do a lot more.  By allowing the video to exist and be shared facebook are not only condoning the action of burning a kitten alive but glorifying it by giving the two trolls the look at me fame they desire.  

If I could delete my facebook account I would.  I only have an account to run a few pages for businesses.  I do not use it to keep in contact with friends because I prefer to interact in more tangible ways.  After reading about this issue I look forward to the day when I can delete my account for good.  

Graham

BTW breastfeeding and giving birth images and videos still get deleted just not a kitten being burned alive.

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