Facebook has banned a video showing two young men, high on a drug cocktail, racing down the dark country roads outside Crowborough, East Sussex.
The passenger, Michael Owen, shot the video on his cellphone as his friend Kyle Careford hit speeds of 90 km/h while swerving around slower traffic.
Owen repeatedly begged his pal to slow down.
Eventually, the car smashed into a church wall, killing them both.
The video captured all of this, including bystanders responding to the accident, encouraging the young men to hold on and wait for emergency services.
Michael’s mother, Kat, has insisted that Sussex Police release the video to the public, so that others can avoid the same fate.
“Watching the video was very upsetting, but I’m hoping it can be used in a positive way, by showing young people what could happen to them.”
It turns out Facebook has a problem with that approach! They have removed the video from their website.
Sussex Police aren’t pleased. “We do not know why and we are looking into this. Our reason for publishing was to show the very real dangers of driving dangerously. This video delivers an incredibly important message about the devastating consequences of such driving and can still be found on our news page on our website.”
Should Facebook allow this video to be shared with its users? The footage doesn’t contain anything graphic or gory. It does document a sad tragedy, but if the the victims’ families and the police have given their approval, shouldn’t Facebook give the thumbs up as well?
Watch the video and decide for yourself:
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