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Anne Michaud is a member of the Newsday editorial board. She has written about politics, government, education and transportation for Newsday since 2008. You can reach her at, and read her blog at

Bessent: Facebook's right to allow beheading videos

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The world can be an ugly place, but averting our eyes won’t make it any less barbarous.

That’s the reality Facebook stepped-up to this week after flip-flopping its way to a policy that will allow beheading videos to appear on the social networking site.

When a video of a masked man decapitating a woman in Mexico appeared on Facebook and sparked a sharp public outcry in May, the company...

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