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    Facebook is now warning users of graphic violence in videos on the site and preventing them from auto-playing, according to reports.

    The videos will not only play in feeds when clicked by a user, according to the BBC News. Those identified as being under 18 will also not be able to be see the graphic videos.

    The move by Facebook is done after years of pressure and likely some instigation by its own team of legal analysts. One of the first videos affected by the warning was footage of a French police officer gunned down in Paris during last week's terrorist attacks.

    Although Facebook's terms of service bans material that "celebrate or glorify violence" there have been beheadings shown in news feeds, according to the BBC. Those under 13 are not allowed to have a Facebook account, but that can be easily faked.

    Facebook began rolling out the warnings in December and relies on "graphic material" reported by users. "When people share things on Facebook, we expect that they will share it responsibly, including choosing who will see that content," a spokeswoman told the BBC. "We also ask that people warn their audience about what they are about to see if it includes graphic violence. 

    The spokeswoman said that Facebook is still tweaking and improving the reporting system.

    Unlike Facebook's changes on privacy, a warning of graphic or disturbing images is probably a beneficial change for its users who don't want to see immediately see blood and guts once they log on.