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A beheading video is a type of propaganda video in which hostages are graphically decapitated. This is a common practice of militant Islamist organizations to intimidate their enemies. They are also made by Mexican drug cartels for similar purposes. Such videos are often uploaded to websites like Liveleak, which have lax policies compared to more mainstream sites like YouTube.
They are considered a type of snuff film.
The Islamic State is perhaps the most well-known for their use of beheading videos, so much so that other radical Islamic organizations have denounced the practice.
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