Facebook Finally Removes Shocking ‘Baby Yoga’ Video: Facebook Baby Yoga
Published: June 5, 2015
Facebook Finally Removes Shocking ‘Baby Yoga’ Video: Facebook Baby Yoga, Facebook has changed its stance on how to address a disturbing video showing a crying baby being held upside down and repeatedly dunked in a bucket of water.
Initially, when members of the online community expressed outrage over the viral clip and demanded that it be taken down, the social media giant said the video depicted a form of baby yoga and didn’t violate any policies.
Now, the Menlo Park-based company agrees the treatment of the child depicted in the video is inappropriate and distressing and will pull the video in cases where it promotes or mocks the behavior.
The video is thought to originate from Indonesia and quickly went viral on Facebook around the world and especially in the UK.
Simon Milner, director of policy at Facebook UK, shared on the BBC on Friday that a video like this puts the company in a difficult situation where it needs to balance people’s desire to raise awareness of behavior like this against the disturbing nature of the video.
In this situation, Facebook has decided to remove any reported instances of the video on the site that are shared supporting this behavior, he said.
He added that posts condemning the behavior that could potentially help highlight the abuse and protect a child will remain with a warning and be accessible only to people over the age of 18.
“We have seen from experience that when things like that are shared on Facebook it can and does lead to the rescue of the child. We hope very much that this will happen in this case,” Milner said.
More than 1 billion people are members of Facebook, sharing information and exchanging ideas. Sometimes, like in the case of this video, the information shared is considered highly inappropriate to many members, and this puts the social media company in a position where it must become a moral arbiter. In Britain, the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) feels this incident is a wake-up call that Facebook needs to step up to the responsibility and make better ethical decisions.
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