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Anger as Facebook reportedly fails to remove baby abuse video

The video shows a newborn child being thrown around and dunked into a bucket of water

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Facebook has come under scrutiny recently for failing to delete a clip of a newborn baby being flung around because it hadn’t breached the terms of the popular social media website.

The video, which is two minutes long, shows a newborn child being thrown around and dunked into a bucket of water by an unknown person.

Gabrielle Shaw, CEO for the UK National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said: “It is actually staggering that it does not breach the terms of Facebook.”

The video prompted several angry reactions from people in the UK who say they have reported it as showing “graphic violence” and “nudity,” reported the Telegraph.

However, Facebook reportedly replied to attempts to report the video with: “We reviewed the video you reported for containing graphic violence and found it does not violate our community standards.”

Lurleen Hilliard, founder of No longer Victims - a global charity campaigning against abuse - said she feared the abused baby was killed by the actions caught on tape.

She said: “It’s one of the sickest videos I’ve ever seen in my life.

“I think we’ve literally watched a baby being murdered.”

Claude Knights, CEO of charity Kidscape, said Facebook’s lack of action was “unforgivable” and it might lead to “copy-cat behavior.”