Facebook has identified the viral clip of a crying infant being dunked repeatedly in a bucket of water as “potentially offensive, and graphic.” Many consider the video evidence of child abuse. But Facebook has said it will not censor or remove the video. Why?
Because Facebook believes people have a right to share such a video if the sharing is done in the interest of condemning the behavior shown. “Our response has been it does not breach our terms, but it is a disturbing and distressing video … and therefore it’s right that we put up a warning … and only if it is shared in the context of condemning it,” said Simon Milner, director of policy at Facebook UK. Milner acknowledged it was a difficult decision.