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Henrico man discovers ISIS execution video, Facebook declines to remove clip

Published: Nov. 22, 2014 at 3:06 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2014 at 5:55 AM EST
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A video of an ISIS execution surfaced on a Henrico man's Facebook feed Friday, a clip that the company decided to leave in place for its users to view.

The video shows 10 militia men kneeling on the ground in gray uniforms, with guns drawn behind them. The ISIS fighters shout at their captives, and then repeatedly shoot them. The clip lasts nearly one minute and 30 seconds.

In an interview Friday, Henrico resident Eric Heil said an acquaintance first alerted him to the video, with both men shocked Facebook had not removed it.

"These people are bleeding out," Heil said as he remembered the execution. "They're being shot multiple times in the head. And then, you see the whole firing line just back up. And fully loaded automatic AK-47s, 9 millimeters, .45 handguns, just unloading full clips, on this line of people. It was horrifying."

Without hesitating, Heil flagged the video as graphic content, and received a response from Facebook within a half hour.

The company said it declined to remove the video, offering a brief explanation.

"We reviewed the video you reported for containing graphic violence and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards," read Facebook's response.

NBC12 sent an email to Facebook's press office, receiving a confirmation message that the email would be reviewed.

"It doesn't seem like anyone reviewed [the clip]," Heil said. "I mean, if they saw the nature of the video, why wouldn't they want it off their site?"

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