09/10/2015 09:38 BST | Updated 09/10/2015 09:59 BST

Facebook User 'Reported' For 'Graphic Violence' After Posting 'Responsible' Note About U.S. Gun Violence

Steve Elliot was a gun owner who, following the horrific mass shooting that happened in Oregon on 1 October, wrote a public post taking a stand against gun ownership in America.

"...after every new mass shooting, I’m reminded that I bear a portion of the responsibility for our nation’s gun violence."

He continues: "My gun is being used to argue against common-sense laws and policies that could reduce gun violence in America, arguments I find unconscionable. That’s what being a responsible gun owner means today – I’m responsible."

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Included in his post was an image of his dismantled gun.

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16 hours later, Elliot claimed that another Facebook user reported the image for "graphic violence."

"Here's a nice bit of irony," he wrote. "The picture I posted a few days ago of the handgun I destroyed was just reported to Facebook for containing "graphic violence."

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A Facebook representative told us that the report is being looked into.


Anyone with a Facebook account can report something they see on the platform. Each post is held up to the company's community standards.

With regard to 'Violence and Graphic Content,' Facebook states:

"We remove graphic images when they are shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate or glorify violence."