Change Facebook policy showing graphic images of abused children and animals

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Currently under Facebooks guidelines, images, videos, and articles containing violent images of abuse can only be reported and successfully removed if the accompanying wording is ADVOCATING the abuse.

This specific wording, ‘advocating’, is causing distressing images and videos to continue appearing as long as the accompanying wording will condemn it. Any reporting of such articles containing such horrific images are rejected as not going against their community standards and so the images remain. Images such as these are often only created and shared for their shock value using faux outrage to get away with it and keep their content up. 

Some examples (among many) seen and their report rejected include the skinning of live cows, cutting off ears from dogs, and smashing cats against walls, and photos of children with horrific injuries, all because the wording described the acts as shocking and terrible.

Whilst we agree it is important to highlight and bring awareness to abuse of all kinds, such graphic imagery should never be appearing on people’s timelines without a screening process in place (for example, graphic images not shown unless a person specifically clicks through to the full article).

We are petitioning Facebook to change or add to their community guidelines to allow the reporting of ALL such graphic imagery no matter what wording accompanies it and to ensure they do not appear unless people click through.



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