Facebook removes beheading video, updates violent images standards

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc removed a video of a woman being  beheaded from its website on Tuesday and said it would use a broader set of criteria to determine when gory videos are permitted on the site.

The move came a day after a public outcry over news reports that Facebook,  the world’s No. 1 social network with 1.15 billion members, had lifted a  temporary ban on images of graphic violence.

Facebook said on Monday that gory videos, such as a video of a masked man  beheading a woman in Mexico, are permitted on its site so long as the content is  posted in a manner intended for its users to “condemn” the acts rather than  celebrate them.

But Facebook said on Tuesday that it had decided to “strengthen” its  enforcement of the policy.  More