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Facebook refuses to take down sickening video of puppy being BLOWTORCHED to death
Social media giant Facebook was slammed last night for refusing to ban a sick video showing a puppy being BLOWTORCHED to death.
The vile video has already been shared online around 70,000 times but when he saw it on Facebook, accountant Nick Parkes made an official complaint to the site's administration.
But instead of taking it down, Facebook claimed it did not breach their own 'Community Standards' guidelines on what can and cannot be posted online.
Nick, 46, from Derby, spotted the offensive video on the page of a Facebook user he followed in the US and asked her to take it down.
When she refused he made an official complaint to Facebook, claiming it was inappropriately offensive for the public forum.
But he was stunned to receive a reply saying the content did not violate the terms and conditions, even though Facebook's own Community Standards claims to be against animal cruelty.
The official response said: "We reviewed the post you reported for containing graphic violence and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards."
Disgusting: A still from the horrific footage
The one minute film clip appears to show a young woman applying a blowtorch to a helpless puppy with its legs bound as she laughs and, in Portugese suggests the animal has died.
The video emerged soon after a shocking video of a woman flinging a naked newborn baby around by the head was removed by Facebook after i came under pressure from children's charities.
The two minute long clip showed the child screaming loudly while a woman dunked the tot in a bucket of water and swung it around by its limbs - even hanging it upside down.
The site initially insisted the clip was “baby yoga” and didn’t break its rules but removed it after cChild abuse charities slammed the website.
Nick, who saw the video posted on the Facebook account of a young American user called Sheylah Hernandez, complained at first to her and when she did nothing, direct to Facebook.
He has now taken up the matter with consumer champions A Spokesman Said which has vowed to campaign to get Facebook to ban the video and others like it.
Nick, 46, said: "I am just shocked that something so disgusting is fine with them. "I can guess. The poor puppy's fur was being burnt off!
"Whoever filmed this obviously has a sick mind. There are some pretty sick people around, we all know that, but how could this not breach Facebook's rules?
Beaming: The video has now been removed
"The video just showed a little dog, and when I played it it took a few seconds to see what was going on and then a few more to take in what was actually happening.
"There was a girl in a short skirt and high heels, laughing her head off with this blow torch. I just switched it off. "Lots of people posted comments about how terrible it was, but the girl who re-posted it just said she could put up whatever she wanted."
A spokesman for Facebook said they did not comment on individual cases but added that a decision on whether a video breaches guidelines depended on intent as well as content.
For example, a film depicting torture which is shared in order to highlight a brutal regime may be allowed but not if the reason for sharing is for sadistic pleasure, he said.
Its own community guidelines on unacceptable material does include videos or images showing animal cruelty but if they are being shown in order to identify the culprit then they may be allowed to remain on site.
However, they should come with a warning to avoid anyone watching unintentionally clicking on something graphic or offensive to them.
Burn: The sickening act
Although Facebook refused to remove it, Sheylah Hernandez appears to have taken it down herself, possibly as the result of complaints direct to her.
Although he has not met her, Nick follows her posts through a shared passion for punk rock music. He has now broken links with her page though.
Facebook's Community Standards page states: "We prohibit the use of Facebook to facilitate or organize criminal activity that causes physical harm to people, businesses or animals."
A Spokesman Said consumer expert Robin Bowman commented: "Facebook employs thousands of technical geniuses but apparently no-one with common sense or decency.
"What planet do they live on if they think its acceptable to publish videos of someone torturing a defenceless animal?"