Facebook will not ban neknominate craze

Lancashire Telegraph: Facebook will not ban neknominate craze Facebook will not ban neknominate craze

FACEBOOK has said it is not planning to ban the craze of neck and nominate, despite warnings it could prove fatal.

Also known as neknominate, the challenge, which has spread across East Lancashire, involves people filming themselves swallowing large amounts of alcohol in increasingly dangerous settings.

It has been linked to the death of two young men in Ireland.

However, the social media site, where the videos are displayed, said the practice was ‘not necessarily against our rules’.

Barnoldswick councillor Jenny Purcell and Pendle and Lancashire County councillor Paul White were condemned by MPs after they uploaded videos of themselves downing pints of beer on their Facebook pages.

Today, the Tory Central Office would not comment on the antics of the two councillors.

Facebook said that neck and nominate did not violate its terms of use and so calls for it to be banned from the social media site were likely to go unheeded.

A Facebook spokesman said: “We do not tolerate content which is directly harmful, for example bullying, but controversial or offensive behaviour is not necessarily against our rules.

“We encourage people to report things to us which they feel break our rules, so we can review and take action on a case by case basis.

“We also give people the ability to remove themselves from an uncomfortable conversation through tools such as untagging and blocking.”

However, certain nominees have been making a stand against the potentially lethal game, deciding to use their nomination to create a video of a more charitable nature, such as giving food and drink to someone homeless, or making a donation to charity.

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2:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mrcool says...

The new hobby of chavs.
The new hobby of chavs. mrcool

2:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Malthus says...

I am no fan of Facebook. However, I have to say, of course Facebook will not ban it and why should they? If people are so stupid enough to get involved in such behaviour then that is up to them.
I am no fan of Facebook. However, I have to say, of course Facebook will not ban it and why should they? If people are so stupid enough to get involved in such behaviour then that is up to them. Malthus

3:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

Why should Facebook be a platform for idiots to show off/display and condone irresponsible risky lethal and possibly deadly behaviour? It's mega irresponsible and Facebook should be looking to their moral conscience and taking down and banning such video material and terminating the accounts of, and banning, such users.
Why should Facebook be a platform for idiots to show off/display and condone irresponsible risky lethal and possibly deadly behaviour? It's mega irresponsible and Facebook should be looking to their moral conscience and taking down and banning such video material and terminating the accounts of, and banning, such users. AnthonyUK

3:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

Facebook are conveniently ignoring the possible risks behind such stunts and do not seem to care.
Facebook are conveniently ignoring the possible risks behind such stunts and do not seem to care. AnthonyUK

5:43pm Wed 5 Feb 14

the white witch says...

Facebook started out as a very good social network, but over the past few years facebook has become the worst network for people killing themselves, child abuse, hacking, bullying and much much more criminal and dis-tasteful content, facebook should be closed down.
Facebook started out as a very good social network, but over the past few years facebook has become the worst network for people killing themselves, child abuse, hacking, bullying and much much more criminal and dis-tasteful content, facebook should be closed down. the white witch

6:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

The gene pool will be well-rid of them. Natural selection in action. Well-done Facebook. In fact go one step further and promote it!
The gene pool will be well-rid of them. Natural selection in action. Well-done Facebook. In fact go one step further and promote it! happycyclist

7:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Facebook is not responsible for the content and no one is forced to watch it. Bans seem to be hailed as the cure all these days.
Facebook is not responsible for the content and no one is forced to watch it. Bans seem to be hailed as the cure all these days. BuckoTheMoose

7:57am Thu 6 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

If I was in charge of Facebook NekNominate would be banned along with other lethal dangerous and potentially deadly stunts and videos of such acts removed and users posting such material banned.
If I was in charge of Facebook NekNominate would be banned along with other lethal dangerous and potentially deadly stunts and videos of such acts removed and users posting such material banned. AnthonyUK

1:47pm Thu 6 Feb 14

CeeBee85 says...

Why should Facebook ban it? We are responsbile for our own actions and shouldn't rely on anyone else to babysit us! If these idiots want to go ahread and do it, then let them! Facebook are not responsible for them, or for what people choose to watch/look at. Don't like it? Don't look at it. Simple.
Why should Facebook ban it? We are responsbile for our own actions and shouldn't rely on anyone else to babysit us! If these idiots want to go ahread and do it, then let them! Facebook are not responsible for them, or for what people choose to watch/look at. Don't like it? Don't look at it. Simple. CeeBee85

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