Target: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Goal: Remove video of kitten being burned alive
According to the Facebook community guidelines, it is perfectly acceptable to upload a video of a young kitten being doused in gasoline and then set on fire since it does not breach any rules. The disturbing video, which appears not to be uploaded by the men who shot the video, was first reported by user Kieran Dunwel, who expressed his concern for the footage’s graphic, violent content. However, after about six hours of waiting, Dunwel received a message from the staff stating that they had “reviewed the video [he] reported for containing graphic violence and found it doesn’t violate [their] Community Standards.” Over 14,000 comments from users who voiced their disgust and anger have been made on the video.
The short clip shows two unidentified men who torture a young kitten by stuffing it into a bucket before one of the men begins to pour flammable liquid onto it and into the bucket.After the kitten is set on fire, it manages to tip over the bucket to escape and desperately tries to run away while being slowly engulfed in flames. When the kitten rolls over onto the ground, either to extinguish the flames or out of agony and exhaustion, one of the men pours even more of the flammable liquid onto it. A moment later, one man nudges the barely moving kitten with his foot while the other man pours the rest of the liquid onto its body. After the flames are finally put out, the camera zooms closer to the helpless animal as it struggles to gasp for air, and the footage ends with one of the men placing a paper bag over it.
Unfortunately, Facebook often allows questionable and disturbing videos to be freely uploaded on the site. The community standards state, “When people share any content, we expect that they will share in a responsible manner. That includes choosing carefully the audience for the content. For graphic videos, people should warn their audience about the nature of the content in the video so that their audience can make an informed choice about whether to watch it.”
Please sign this petition to urge Facebook to remove the video of a helpless kitten being set on fire, since it is not condemning animal cruelty but rather promoting it.
Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
Facebook’s Community Guidelines need to change. There are so many pages, images, and videos depicting animal cruelty that are protected by the guidelines as a form of freedom of speech, but why should cruelty ever be permissible?
The video of a kitten being burned alive should not be allowed on your website. It is graphic and violent. I am asking you to take down the footage immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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