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Exclusive: Woman behind viral ‘child abuse’ video on Facebook speaks to Independent.ie.
Facebook said it will remove some posts of a ‘disturbing’ baby abuse video after the company was criticized for initially refusing to take it down. Facebook has been condemned for allowing a video of “a terrified, sobbing baby being constantly immersed in a bucket of water” by a “callous” adult to remain on the social media site.A leading child protection charity has demanded that Facebook and other social networks be held to account after a “disturbing and dreadful” video of a baby surfaced and was circulated on social media.LONDON — A child-protection charity has written an open letter to Facebook and the British government, calling for social networks to be held accountable, after the platform refused to remove a disturbing video that shows a baby being repeatedly dunked in water.
The video, which shows the naked newborn being flung around by its head, was eventually removed last night following the intervention of child protection groups here and in the UK. Claire Lilley, who leads Child Safety Online for the NSPCC, urged the government to create a new organisation “armed with the legal powers to ensure internet companies are transparent and accountable,” reported the BBC. Hilliard claims she was sent the video from an anonymous person in the Philippines following mass media coverage of an investigation ‘No Longer Victims’ were conducting there in relation to another abuse case.
The two-minute clip, which has been shared thousands of times around the world, shows an unidentified woman immersing the screaming new-born in the water by its stretched arms. It has also been training Sure Staff staff, health visitors and midwives for years as the benefits of the gentle practices were recognised. “As the world initiator of the label Baby Yoga in 1996, I could have, perhaps should have, trademarked it as a hallmark of the gentle and safe movements we promote to enhance babies’ enjoyment of close interaction with parents or main carers. Hilliard told Independent.ie that she posted the video online in order to “expose” the abuser and potentially track down the baby, but Facebook removed the video and subsequent posts around it. “Experts have told me that he might have already died from suffocation due to hyper-extension.
A trained yoga teacher herself she created an original programme of movements and nurturing relaxation for mothers to be and new mums and their babies. Sometimes, those experiences and issues involve violence and graphic images of public interest or concern, such as human rights abuses or acts of terrorism.
Freedman believes that “through loving interaction and fun, it helps the brain to grow lots of happy neuron networks at the time of most intense growth in human life.” Birthlight executive manager Sylvie Russell said: “I found it quite sickening. His cry is that of a newborn, and there is no way he’d be able to support that swinging for that long. “Like others, we find the behaviour in this video upsetting and disturbing. Director of Policy Simon Milner told the BBC. “We’ve seen from experience that when things like that are shared, it can and does lead to the rescue of the child,” Milner said. “That’s what we hope happens in this case.” Some viewers questioned whether the video depicted a cultural practice, CTV reported. The NSPCC’s chief executive, Peter Wanless, said it is time for “the light to be shone on the responsibilities of social media companies”, adding that it is an area where progress has been “extremely slow”.
In cases like these, we face a difficult choice: balancing people’s desire to raise awareness of behaviour like this against the disturbing nature of the video. The baby is clearly in distress. “It is about creating a bond between baby and mother, teaching mothers how to hold them in ways that can help with all sorts of issues – feeding difficulties, helping them to sleep. “For example, during the classes I was introduced to a new way of picking Adam from the floor, which involves a circular movement as opposed to just placing him flat tummy to tummy.
In cases where people are raising awareness or condemning the practice, we are marking reported videos as disturbing, which means they have a warning screen and are accessible only to people over the age of 18.” She said: “I’d done yoga throughout my pregnancy so was keen to get back to it as soon as possible, knowing it would help me recover from childbirth. Previously, British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his own frustration with Facebook over graphic content on the site, particularly over videos that show beheadings. Our response has been yes, it does not breach our terms, but it is a disturbing and distressing video and therefore it is right that we put up a warning.”
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