WARNING: This post contains VERY graphic and unsettling images
Facebook users are in an uproar after a disturbing video of a baby crying while being dunked into a bucket of water was left online despite complaints.
The two-minute graphic video shows an infant, who is heard crying throughout, being swirled around, flipped upside-down and dunked in and out of the water by the arms. At one point in the video, the child is held by its cheeks and dunked again into the water. Near the end of the video, the baby appears to go still and silent while still being swung around the bucket.
Understandably, the footage led to thousands of complaints and experts even say that the way the baby is being held could cause massive limb damage.
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Yet Facebook declined to remove the video, even after pleas from high-profile rights groups such as The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children in the UK, arguing that the video needed to be out there in order for the child to be found.
"When this video is being shared to draw attention to and to condemn what's happening and ideally to try and help this child then yes, there is a place for it on Facebook," Facebook U.K. director of policy Simon Milner said on the Today radio show. "We've seen from experience that when things like that are shared, it can and does lead to the rescue of the child."
Since the backlash, The Independent managed to track down the original poster of the video, Lurleen Hilliard, the CEO and Founder of Nolonger Victims, an international volunteer organization against all types of abuse. She claimed she was sent the video from an anonymous person in the Philippines ten days ago after her organization had received press in the country over another case. She backed up Facebook's reasoning for leaving the video up.
"By removing this video, you're giving that baby a death sentence, if they're not already dead," she said. "The only important thing is finding that baby. If the video is removed, we can't find the baby."