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    madamebadham wrote:
    Ok so first of all the image wasn't 'liked' by a friend, it was spam that appeared on my news feed so no avoiding it. I delete any of my friends that regularly post the 'like this page or you'll have bad luck for year' rubbish that often clogs up newsfeeds - these are the things that lead to spam. I love Facebook. I don't like to see a picture of a dead baby in rubble with no context other than to say to 'pray for it'
    IT was someone's child. If an anonymous dead baby on Facebook is acceptable to you then I feel for you.
    As for 'you don't have to look' well, other than avoiding the site completely which I am not going to do please tell me how you 'un-look' ?
    This photo appeared to me much the same as any other on social networks, I just didn't expect to see such a graphic image.
    I appreciate every one had an opinion but it is extremely troubling that the overwhelming opinion seems to be about me and my use of Facebook. A dead baby is fine? Excellent.
    Well said. Who ever put a dead baby pic on facebook did it because they like looking at it and want their friends to see it too, because I fail to see any other reason someone would put this picture on there. What does it achieve? The baby couldn't be saved. It was put on to shock. Same as pictures you find suddenly appearing of animals being tortured. Nothing anybody can do about it so just featured to shock. Very upsetting. Social networking isn't supposed to be about beheadings, dead babies, cruelty to animals and so on. The people that need to put this on their walls are the ones that shouldn't be on Facebook."
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Upton-upon-Severn woman slams graphic pictures on Facebook

Evesham Journal: Facebook has refused to remove the image Facebook has refused to remove the image

BEING confronted by a photograph of a dead baby lying in rubble has led one woman to call for stricter controls over what pictures appear on Facebook.

Catherine Badham, of Church Street, Upton-upon-Severn, was disgusted to find the picture on her timeline.

She said it was not accompanied with any information about the baby or what had happened and appeared unsolicited after a friend ‘liked’ the picture.

After reporting the photo to the social media giant, the 36-year-old was shocked to be told it did not violate the terms of its community standards as it was not glorifying or celebrating the death.

Fed up with similar images of a graphic or sexual nature, as well as digital chain letters appearing on the site, she now believes Facebook needs to review the policy which allows such posts to appear.

She said: “I go on Facebook all the time and really enjoy using it to connect with friends I don’t see every day, I find it supportive and funny and use it in the same way as most people do.

“But then up pops this photo with a caption saying pray for the baby – and a photo of the child in the rubble. It was really upsetting and I was absolutely gobsmacked by Facebook’s reply. Children as young as 13 can sign up to the site and see these pictures."

A Facebook spokeswoman defended the image, saying the site had long been a place where people had turned to share their experiences, particularly when they are connected to such controversial events as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violent events.

“People share these photos to condemn them, not to glorify them," she said.

"If the photos were being celebrated, or actions in them encouraged, our approach would be different."

Mrs Badham said she did not have information about what had happened to the baby or where the photo was taken. Recently, the site has come under fire for allowing a video of a decapitation to circulate among users, which it eventually removed.

Prime Minister David Cameron criticised the site before the video was removed saying it was “irresponsible, specially without a warning”.

Facebook community standards state: “Images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.”


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