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Too much for Facebook: 5 controversial pages that have been pulled

Facebook has removed a controversial web page full of cartoons mocking black people and other minorities, following a CBC Montreal investigation and complaints by Montrealers.

Facebook's decision to remove controversial page after CBC Montreal inquiry follows other cases

Facebook has removed a controversial web page full of cartoons mocking black people and other minorities, following a CBC Montreal investigation and complaints by Montrealers.

This is not the first time the social media giant pulled the plug on inflammatory material.

Here are five other examples.

1. Obama assassination poll

Less than a year after U.S. President Barack Obama was first elected, an opinion poll surveyed readers as to whether or not he should be killed.

Facebook took it down after being contacted by agents of the U.S. Secret Service.

2. 'Creature sightings'

Members of a Facebook group called 'Creature sightings' who posted photos and videos of Calgary people appearing to be homeless found themselves without an outlet after Facebook shut it down.

The page went up at the beginning of 2014 and swelled to 200 members, but was pulled down by March.

3. Breastfeeding

In 2012, Facebook pulled photos of B.C. mother Emma Kwasnica breastfeeding her two baby daughters.

The company told CBC at the time it did allow breastfeeding pictures... just not any where nipples could be seen.

4. Rehtaeh Parsons dating agency ad

Around six months after 17-year-old Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons died following a suicide attempt and a highly publicized case of online bullying, an online dating agency used her picture in an ad.

Facebook was flagged about the incident and banned the company from buying publicity on its pages.

5. Beheading video

Facebook fielded several complaints when what seemed to be a video showing a Mexican drug cartel decapitating a woman began making the rounds on news feeds in 2013.

The social media site first allowed the videos to stay, stating they did not violate community standards... then removed them.

Facebook changed its mind, temporarily reversing the ban, before deciding once more not to allow the videos.

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