Thursday 5 December 2019

Facebook removes dead man's photo

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A PHOTOGRAPH posted by a man on Facebook just days before his death showing him posing with a firearm in his mouth has been removed.

The social media giant confirmed it removed the image after it was reported by someone who knew the man.

The Irish Independent has learned the photograph remained on the man's Facebook page for eight days, including two days after his death.

Facebook said that while it didn't comment on the specific details of individual cases, the photograph was reported and removed from the site.

The company reserves the right to remove profiles, pages, photos or groups from its site if the material is determined to "violate our community standards such as bullying, harassment or hate speech".

However, when a photo is reported the company has a "reaching out" policy to the person involved and has collaborated for a number of years with the Samaritans on a suicide prevention/assistance feature.

Company policy states: "Facebook has long relied on guidance from suicide prevention and other mental health experts to equip friends and others to take action when they notice a friend in distress.


"As part of this approach, we've been advised of the importance of allowing images of self-harm to remain on Facebook since they are legitimate cries for help. We of course remove content reported to us for encouraging or promoting self-harm."

The man's profile has since been memorialised where the person's timeline remains on Facebook but there is limited access to the page to protect his privacy.

Irish Independent

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