Get Facebook to cover videos which contain strobe/flashing lights

Get Facebook to cover videos which contain strobe/flashing lights

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Charlotte Hawkes started this petition to Facebook

Epilepsy is a chronic medical condition where sufferers experience bouts of seizures. It affects 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the most common neurological disorders globally.

One of the more well known seizure triggers is flashing or strobe lighting. Since Facebook updated their app to allow videos to automatically play, this is putting epileptics at risk of a seizure. Furthermore, just because you don't have epilepsy, doesn't mean you are not at risk of a seizure. Ten percent of people will experience at least one seizure during their lifetime without actually being diagnosed with epilepsy. 

Facebook have already altered the software to allow gory images and videos to automatically be covered, and will only be revealed if you choose, therefore proven that such technology is possible. So why hasn't Facebook done the same for flashing lights?

Contrary to popular belief, epilepsy is a serious condition which leads to 11.7 million deaths each year (according Alicia Goldman MD, PhD) - more deaths than Breast Cancer and Road Traffic Accidents. 

 

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