Facebook: We remove content if it celebrates violence

New York: Facing flak for temporarily removing the video of Philando Castile, an African-American who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop last week, social media giant Facebook has said that it only removes content if it celebrates or glorifies violence, not if it’s only graphic or disturbing.

On Saturday, Facebook explained its censorship policy for Live video “that contradicts theories that the video disappeared due to Facebook waffling on whether it should stay up, a high volume of reports of it containing violent content, a deletion by police who had taken possession of Castile’s girlfriend’s phone and Facebook account or a request from police to remove it,” technology website Techcrunch reported.

The video disappeared from Facebook Live after one million views. It said it was temporarily unavailable due to a technical glitch. The video returned to the site after about an hour with a warning labelled “disturbing”.

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