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You want graphic content, you can have it: Facebook tells users as it revises guidelines

Swedish breast cancer awareness video

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CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In recent years, Facebook has received a lot of flak for censoring or taking down graphic media content despite the lack of any offensive material posted in the images and video. 

Now, the social media giant has announced that it will not take down graphic content as long as it is newsworthy or of public interest.

This month, Facebook came under attack after taking down a breast cancer awareness video, calling it “offensive.”

The video portrayed animated breasts and a how-to guide for individuals to check for breast cancer.

Facebook did put it back up again but only after receiving an open letter by the Swedish charity that had originally posted the video.

Facebook was under heat even earlier this year after it allowed the portrayal of all parts of the breast except for the nipple. The hashtag “Free The Nipple” had originated post the incident.

There was also backlash when Facebook removed the iconic Vietnamese image of the ‘Napalm girl’ fame because it portrayed nudity, thus violating Facebook’s guidelines.

A new set of community guidelines have now been formed and under these guidelines, images that fall under certain categories shall not be removed.

Facebook Vice President of Global Policy, Joel Kaplan and Vice President Global Operations and Media Partnerships Justin Osofsky, in a statement, announced, “In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest - even if they might otherwise violate our standards. Whether an image is newsworthy or historically significant is highly subjective. Images of nudity or violence that are acceptable in one part of the world may be offensive - or even illegal - in another.”

They added, “Respecting local norms and upholding global practices often come into conflict. And people often disagree about what standards should be in place to ensure a community that is both safe and open to expression. We’re looking forward to working closely with experts, publishers, journalists, photographers, law enforcement officials and safety advocates about how to do better when it comes to the kinds of items we allow. And we’re grateful for the counsel of so many people who are helping us try to get this right.”

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