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Does Facebook’s Video Warning Make Their Brand More Decent?
By: Cindy Wendland
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Facebook has started placing warnings over videos posted to its site, stating their contents might "shock, offend and upset" if viewed. This is to help prevent some of the younger viewers from seeing inappropriate content and allowing older viewers a choice before select videos play. The move was at the suggestion of Facebook’s safety advisers. 

Facebook’s community standards on graphic content state, “Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences and raise awareness about issues important to them. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve graphic content that is of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism.” Facebook took a lot of pressure for allowing violent videos in the past. Their safety advisers are trying to find the balance between the right of expression and human decency for the future.

In our home we do not watch the morning or evening news. We find it too depressing. We don’t even watch the old America’s Funniest Home Videos because most clips are about people hurting themselves. While we won’t be watching the violent clips posted on Facebook such as the terrorist beheadings, that doesn’t mean other people don’t want to see them. Some people believe the shock value of certain events will make such an impression as to form a strong opinion against that behavior. Others feel violent acts shouldn’t be shown at all — that it’s indecent. While Facebook provides some guidelines, they have to rule on the gray areas. Their ruling is a video warning allowing the user to decide.

When you friend someone on Facebook, it is with the understanding that you will be sharing in their lives. If that friend posts violent content and that is offensive to you, perhaps hide their posts or unfriend them. In this country, we like our freedom and our choices. Facebook’s video warning is a good gesture toward decency. 

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About the Author
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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