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“Baby Yoga” Infuriates Facebook Users

Authorities on Facebook have finally bowed to public pressure and have removed facebook thumbs downa grotesque video depicting a terrified newborn baby being swung by its head and immersed in a bucket of water which they claim is “baby yoga”.

The Daily Mail is reporting on the shocking two-minute clip which shows a naked newborn baby being swung around by a woman whose face is not shown. The child screams loudly as it is being dunked in the water. At one point, the woman swings the baby around, its head flopping from side to side, then hangs it upside down by its legs. She then grips it by its cheeks and starts swinging it around, at which point the child falls silent, leading viewers to fear it suffered brain damage during the abuse.

Lurleen Hilliard, of the UK's anti-abuse charity, Nolonger Victims, said: ‘It’s one of the sickest videos I’ve seen. At the very minimum that baby is brain damaged from the shaking. It was torture.”

While Facebook has revealed that they have turned the video over to authorities, a spokesman originally told the Mirror they were not going to remove the video. “Whilst we understand that people may be upset by this video which depicts a form of baby yoga, after careful review we found it does not break our rules.”

The social media site later added, “Like others, we find the behavior in this video upsetting and disturbing. In cases like these, we face a difficult choice: balancing people’s desire to raise awareness of behavior like this against the disturbing nature of the video. In this case, we are removing any reported instances of the video from Facebook that are shared supporting or encouraging this behavior. In cases where people are raising awareness or condemning the practice, we are marking reported videos as disturbing, which means they have a warning screen and are accessible only to people over the age of 18.”

However, increasing public pressure has forced them to remove the video.

Gabrielle Shaw, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said: “The fact that Facebook reviewed it and allowed it to stand, is staggering."

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