Facebook is once again allowing videos of beheadings to be uploaded and shared.
While the social network had enforced a temporary ban in May following complaints the videos may cause long-term psychological damage, they now say that users should have the choice to be able to share and condemn such videos.
The initial ban came after complaints that while videos of murders were deleted, videos of a woman being beheaded by a Mexican drug cartel were allowed. In response to the complaints Facebook had said that it allowed the videos as people were sharing the video "to condemn it" saying it was similar to how TV news programs often showed "upsetting images of atrocities."
Many, including the U.K.'s prime minister, condemned Facebook's decision:
Many were angry that beheading videos are allowed, and some breastfeeding photos are still banned:
Others tried to lighten the mood a bit:
Facebook says it's considering adding warnings to the videos in question.
Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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