Cross-posted from The American Complaint Department magazine.
Last Updated 4/27/13 – 1:21 am
This story is filled with depictions of death and other adult content. Please do not continue if you are sensitive to depictions of death and mutilation. Parental discretion is advised.
Tonight a friend of mine on Facebook shared a video that she thought was disgusting. I’m not sure why she shared the video, but I watched it to see what the outrage was about. What I saw was absolutely disgusting. The video depicts a young woman who has her hands tied behind her back sitting on her knees. A man in a mask is holding her hair. [Stop now if you are not an adult or are sensitive.] The man begins to cut the woman’s throat. He repeatedly moves around her neck with the knife slashing and cutting. Eventually, he cuts through her entire neck and removes her head. In the end, he holds her head up for the camera to see.
This is not the first beheading video I’ve seen. I’ve seen videos of terrorists beheading people in the past. It literally turns my stomach. The fact that people further this garbage by sharing it online is just as bad. What really disgusts me is the response of Facebook to the video. At least one person I spoke with about the video said they immediately reported it to Facebook as graphic violence. She received a response from Facebook shortly after she reported the video and here is their response:
This is incredible. According to Facebook, a video of a woman being beheaded does not violate their policy against videos depicting graphic violence? Seriously? Beheading a woman doesn’t violate your policy, but a woman breastfeeding does? I can’t say that the video is real. I also can’t say it’s fake. Either way, it depicts extremely graphic violence. Remember that this video is out there for children as young as 13 to watch. And, let’s be honest, there are plenty of children under 13 on Facebook as well.
I checked Facebook community standards to determine why they say it doesn’t violate their policy. This is the policy:
“We understand that graphic imagery is a regular component of current events, but must balance the needs of a diverse community. Sharing any graphic content for sadistic pleasure is prohibited.”
The fact that the person that posted it posed the question about whether this guy belongs in jail or not makes no difference. This video does not belong on a social networking site. The person whom I spoke with received her response shortly after 7 p.m. est this evening. As of 10:45 p.m. est the video is still available. I have chosen not to share a link or the video because we at TACD are not interesting in perpetuating the glorification of this type of violence. A screenshot of the video (before the graphic violence which we will not show) is below.
Many of the comments on the video are from people who are disgusted that it is on Facebook. Multiple questions have been posed as to how it has not been removed. Some people said that the video made them physically ill. At this time, Facebook has not responded to requests for comment about the video and their refusal to remove it. Updates will be published as they are available.
Added images not posted on TACD News Magazine.
As a blog, I can post images that are not appropriate for the magazine. The graphic sections of these images have been blocked out and the face of the victim has been blurred. I assure you, the censoring is completely my doing. The video, although poor quality, shows the graphic violence in full horrible detail. AGAIN…DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, CONTINUE IF YOU ARE NOT 18 YEARS OLD OR ARE SENSITIVE TO GRAPHIC AND/OR VIOLENT IMAGES. PARENTAL DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED. DO NOT CLAIM THAT I DIDN’T WARN YOU REPEATEDLY.
Update 4/27/13 – 1:21 am
According to the person who posted the video, it was posted because he believes the police should see the video and he wants the person who committed the act to be brought to justice. When asked if he believed the video to be real, he said that he believes it is. His understanding is that someone in the victim’s family didn’t pay a debt to the killer on time so he found a family member to punish. When confronted with the fact that the video can be viewed by under-age children, the poster said that they could see this on the internet regardless of whether he posted it. His final message about the video…”justice should come into this”.