Facebook placed a ban on graphic and violent videos earlier this year, but according to BBC News today, the social networking site is once again allowing gruesome clips so long as they are posted with the intent to condemn them.
The reversal of the ban was discovered when Facebook reportedly refused to remove a clip depicting a masked man beheading a woman posted under the title "Challenge: Anybody can watch this video?" Despite a string of complaints from users urging the site to take the video down, the video remained.
A spokeswoman later confirmed that videos aimed at condemning violence would be allowed on the site, adding that Facebook is a place for people to discuss their experiences, even when it comes to controversial events.
"People are sharing this video on Facebook to condemn it," the spokeswoman said. "If the video were being celebrated, or the actions in it encouraged, our approach would be different."
The terms and conditions in Facebook's Help Center also confirm the site's new policy. One bullet point says photos and videos containing nudity, drug use or other graphic content are still not allowed, but goes on to say "We also don't allow photos or videos that glorify violence or attack an individual or group."
Facebook reportedly also says it is considering adding some sort of advance warning feature to allow users to avoid graphic content.
Though it is not clear exactly when Facebook reversed the ban, the news comes a few days after the social network adjusted its privacy settings, giving teenagers the opportunity to share information more publicly.