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David Cameron's Facebook gaffe attracts criticism on Twitter

Cameron asked: 'Do you understand how the internet works at all?'

David Cameron came under fire on Twitter (again) on Tuesday after appearing to suggest Facebook itself was posting beheading videos.

After the social networking site announced it will now let users post videos of graphic violence on the condition they are not being “celebrated”, the PM posted: “It's irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos, especially without a warning. They must explain their actions to worried parents.”

Yet it is not the company itself which is uploading beheading clips, but users of the site.

Cameron’s apparent ignorance about how the social networking site works saw him slated on Twitter.

The first responses to his tweet read: “Congratulations on mis-stating the situation in your first line”, while another retorted: “Facebook don't post those videos. Users do. Do you understand how the internet works at all?”

He was also criticised for his seeming desire to regulate online content without actually understanding how Facebook works, with one Twitter user posting: “And this man wants to control your access to the internet... ”