Beheading videos are *still* being spread on Facebook

Graham Cluley
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You would have hoped that Facebook were being more proactive in removing horrific videos being spread on its social network, after the furore earlier this week.

Sadly, there are still grisly beheading videos being shared on Facebook, without any warning of their horrific content.

Beheading video on Facebook

(Unlike Facebook, I have censored out the most gruesome part in my screenshot above)

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Facebook user E. Harrell contacted me, after finding the gruesome and shocking video of a woman’s head being decapitated in her newsfeed.

I was shocked and disgusted to find the beheading video on my Facebook newsfeed tonight… The video bears no warnings about its graphic and violent nature in the title, the preview screen shot that appeared in my newsfeed (without having clicked “play”) showed the murderer holding the woman’s head in mid air covered in blood, and the comments were clearly celebrating, mocking, and making light of the murder.

This in no way honors their claim to “take ‘a more holistic look at the context’ of graphic content, including whether it’s been shared “responsibly” with appropriate warnings.”

Ms Harrell – a recent college graduate, who lives in the Chicago area – says that she reported the video to Facebook, and made it clear that she intended to permanently delete the account if they don’t quickly and permanently resolve the issue.

“I am absolutely horrified at the thought that children using Facebook might come across this video,” she told me.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

3 comments on “Beheading videos are *still* being spread on Facebook”

  1. Jeremy

    Not surprised it's Facebook. They run their site like a circus and when they don't like something they send cease and desist letters. If others don't like their site/ethics they just complain and keep using it in most cases.

  2. Spryte

    "…made it clear that she intended to permanently delete the account if they don’t quickly and permanently resolve the issue."

    As should all users who feel this is irresponsible of the company.
    Facebook depends on users for all of its assets (users personal information). Pull that from under them and they will be just a vague memory.

  3. Nick

    Facebook is so unfair an inconsistent these days. When popular facebook pages post photos that may be considered offensive, facebook does nothing about them, but when smaller fanpages repost them, then those pages get in trouble but the original creator doesn't. This ranges from anything whether its racist/dark humour, or any remotely sexual photo.

    One time facebook took down a picture that only contained text that said something like "sex is weird. Like let me put my limb inside your limb" and they took it down.

    Its funny, they take down posts that have barely any reports, but ones like beheadings which get millions of reports, they ignore

    The problem is that facebook has Indians being paid $1 an hour to go through reports and flag them. They don't have time to look at the post's comments or see its description to find out whether its glorified. They assume facebook's policy is just to ignore them.

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