Facebook puts warning labels on graphic videos, uses age filters in bid to make members 'share responsibly'

Posted January 14, 2015 13:30:29

Facebook has begun putting warning labels on graphic videos and using age filters to prevent young people viewing certain content.

The California-based internet giant said it would add warning labels to graphic videos that members uploaded, where it believed it was appropriate.

The company said it would also prevent potentially shocking or upsetting video clips from popping into the news feeds of members whose profiles list them as being younger than 18 years old.

Facebook allows children as young as 13 to join the network.

"When people share things on Facebook, we expect they will share responsibly, including who will see that content," a Facebook spokesman told AFP.

"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."

Facebook began adding warnings and age filters in November after the introduction of a feature that causes videos in news feeds to automatically start playing.

Users must now click on warning labels for those videos to play.

The measure was called for by members and advocacy groups and endorsed by Facebook's safety board.

However, YouTube videos shared on the social network will not be tagged with labels.


Topics:computers-and-technology, social-media, internet-culture, united-states


Posted January 19, 2015 20:50:35

The Darwin teenager who was seriously injured in an alleged hit-and-run continues to make a "remarkable recovery", his family says.

Jarrod Sallis, 19, was placed in an induced coma for several days after being hit by a car on New Year's Day.

His father, Doug Sallis, today released a statement saying his son had continued to improve.

"He remains in a post traumatic amnesia stage, however he is strong and in good spirits," he said.

"He is in a ward and is walking with only minor assistance."

Mr Sallis said his son had been humbled by the "overwhelming" level of support for his recovery.

"Jarrod remains positive and has told his family and friends he will be fishing in a month and after what we have seen so far who are we to doubt that he won't," he said.

Jarrod was hit while riding his bike home from Darwin's CBD in the early hours of New Year's Day.

NT Police had been speaking with the owner of the car suspected to have been involved, but no charges have been laid.

Topics:traffic-offences, darwin-0800

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