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Beheadings OK on Facebook

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LONDON - FEBRUARY 03: The Facebook logo is reflected in the eye of a girl surfing the internet on February 3, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Facebook now allows beheading videos so users can "condemn" them.

The social network had a ban on graphic violence but lifted it earlier this year, according to Reuters. Now disturbing photos and videos are allowed so users can "share their experiences," Facebook said in a statement.

"People share videos of these events on Facebook to condemn them. If they were being celebrated, or the actions in them encouraged, our approach would be different," the statement continued.

Facebook said that it's working on ways to warn users about graphic violence. Despite the violence, its current terms of service don't allow threatening posts, sexually explicit content or hate speech. However the social network plans to stop any sharing of the violent content for "sadistic pleasure."
 
Facebook's motivations seem odd, especially when it allows explicit videos of beheadings but won't allow a photo of a breastfeeding baby.

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