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Facebook introduces graphic video warnings and restrictions

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By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

January 13, 2015 | 2 min read

Facebook has introduced a series of video and image restriction measures to protect under 18s and unwitting viewers from seeing graphic auto-played content on the homefeed.

As the social network’s video market grows with the recent acquisition of Quickfire Networks, Facebook looks to regulate adult content on the site by restricting those aged under 18 access and alerting viewers to footage which can “shock, offend and upset” them. Furthermore, flagged videos will not auto-play on the site.

A Facebook spokesperson told the BBC: “When people share things on Facebook, we expect that they will share it responsibly, including choosing who will see that content. We also ask that people warn their audience about what they are about to see if it includes graphic violence.

“In instances when people report graphic content to us that should include warnings or is not appropriate for people under the age of 18, we may add a warning for adults and prevent young people from viewing the content.”

The firm started experimenting with video warnings following the spread of extremist beheading clips on the site following journalist James Foley’s execution, content the site now removes.

Facebook’s terms and conditions state that it will remove videos featuring: nudity or other sexually suggestive content, hate speech, credible threats or direct attacks on an individual or group, content that contains self-harm or excessive violence, fake or impostor profiles and spam.

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