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James Foley Case Raises Hard Social Media Questions.


Shortly after news of journalist James Foley’s death, Twitter announced that it would suspend accounts that shared graphic imagery from a video showing his beheading.

As Twitter becomes an increasingly popular news source, the social network now faces the tough questions that have plagued traditional news organizations for decades: to ban or not to ban graphic images.

For Twitter and other social media companies, “it’s a balancing act that repeats itself day to day, issue by issue, country by country,” PJ Crowley, former U.S. assistant secretary of state, told NBC News.

Ban too many images and Twitter could be accused of censoring information. On the other hand, many Twitter users would prefer not to see explicitly violent images in their feeds.

“I have been monitoring NBC News, CNN — they won’t show those graphic pictures,” Sandy Davidson, a professor of media law at the University of Missouri, told NBC News. “I think the argument could be made that Twitter is acting responsibly and that these instances have to be looked at case by case.” Read More.


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