Facebook issued an official response to the controversy over whether or not it should ban videos depicting extreme violence, such as beheading, with a fact check post in its Newsroom.
The no-win situation that Facebook often finds itself in when it comes to censorship of content on the social network reared its ugly head again this week with the controversy over whether videos depicting beheading should be allowed or deleted.
Facebook Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, the Mideast, and Africa Joanna Shields became the latest passenger on the train carrying high-profile executives departing the social network, as she announced that she will join Tech City Investment Organisation, a venture sponsored by the U.K. government and aimed at helping London’s East End create its version of Silicon Valley.
The violent riots and looting in London and other major cities around the U.K. this past week have dominated the British mainstream press and kept a nation on tenterhooks, fearful as many were that their own towns and villages were just one hooded teenager away from all-out chaos.
Facebook is on the list of social networks that will be called on the carpet by U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May as part of her investigation of social media’s role in the riots in London and throughout England this week.