I’m voting with my feet and cancelling my Facebook account; here’s why.
Like tens of thousands of other people, I use social media: Facebook, Linked-In and Twitter. In my own case primarily for promoting my blog writings.
It was another blogger who drew my attention to something so terrible, so despicable, that it pains me to even think about it, let alone write about it.
Let me explain.
I subscribe to The Liberated Way published by Alex Jones.
Last Sunday, Alex published a post called Caring about animal welfare. Here’s a short extract:
For six months I have been experimenting with a Facebook account in order to stay in contact with the creative industry in my town of Colchester. This experiment came to an end today when I closed my Facebook account due to Facebook allowing content associated with the torture of animals.
The word torture, highlighted by me, included a link to an article in the UK Daily Mail newspaper. The link to that Daily Mail article is here. BUT PLEASE do not click on that link if you are not prepared to be hurt, shocked and made to feel VERY ANGRY! To reinforce my warning, the headline of that article reads thus:
Facebook refuses to remove video of kitten being doused in petrol and set on fire ‘because it doesn’t breach any rules’
I can’t even bring myself to include the two photographs of the poor, tortured kitten who was killed by the bastards concerned. However, I will reproduce one image carried by the Daily Mail:
Facebook’s Community Standards may be read here.
But frankly any standards that regard the burning to death of a kitten as not being ‘graphic violence’ are incorrect standards.
So this coming Friday, I shall be cancelling my Facebook account. Why not immediately? Because my blog posts are themselves promoted on Facebook and I hope other Facebook subscribers who read today’s post are motivated to do the same over the intervening three days.
If you are still uncertain of the merits of my action, and you have a very tough stomach, then the link to the video in question is here.
I have not watched the video for the simple reason that the details of the video were more than enough for me. These are those details:
Published on Sep 9, 2014
Cruel man douses kitten in full
Facebook has refused to take down a video of a kitten being covered in petrol and set on fire.
The web giant reportedly said the shocking footage does not breach any of its rules.
The footage shows two men pushing the animal into a bucket and pouring liquid on it.
The kitten is then set alight.
It can then be seen escaping from the bucket and running away still on fire.
The kitten rolls around in obvious distress but one of the men pours on more fuel as it burns.
When the flames are extinguished a plastic bag can be seen being placed over the animal.
The clip has caused disgust online, with thousands of Facebook commenting on it – but the social networking site has refused to take it down.
PLEASE, PLEASE if you are a Facebook user consider cancelling your account.
Our animals deserve our support.
I will close by asking Facebook to reconsider: Facebook you truly can do better than this.
And thank you Alex.