In the last month, many people in the US and worldwide have been exposed to videos showing grotesque acts of violence, notably the killings of two journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid worker David Haines by ISIS. Although sadly not exceptional in their graphic violence for those who watch the Twitter-stream of human rights and crisis footage, these received significant prominence in the mainstream media and have ignited an important conversation about roles and responsibilities in relation to graphic imagery and gross violations of human rights.

In response to the circulation of the videos created by ISIS, social media platforms responded by taking down the footage, and individual citizens, including family members of those murdered, started hashtag-driven movements and personal appeals around their own decision not to watch and encouraging others not to watch. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog