Face­book U-turn over ‘na­palm girl’ pho­to­graph

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Sacra­mento: Face­book says it will al­low an iconic pho­to­graph of a girl flee­ing a Na­palm at­tack taken dur­ing the Viet­nam war in 1972 to be used on its plat­form. It had pre­vi­ously re­moved the im­age, posted by a Nor­we­gian au­thor, be­cause it con­tained nu­dity. The move sparked a de­bate about Face­book’s role as an edi­tor.

The edi­tor of Nor­way’s largest news­pa­per Aften­posten had writ­ten an open let­ter to Face­book’s chief Mark Zucker­berg call­ing the ban “an abuse of power”.

The tech gi­ant said it had “lis­tened to the com­mu­nity” and ac­knowl­edged the “global im­por­tance” of the photo.

“Be­cause of its sta­tus as an iconic im­age of his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance, the value of per­mit­ting shar­ing out­weighs the value of pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity by re­moval, so we have de­cided to re­in­state the im­age on Face­book where we are aware it has been re­moved,” it said in a state­ment.

“It will take some time to ad­just these sys­tems but the photo should be avail­able for shar­ing in the com­ing days. “We are al­ways look­ing to im­prove our poli­cies to make sure they both pro­mote free ex­pres­sion and keep our com­mu­nity safe.” Nor­way Prime Min­is­ter Erna Sol­berg - who had ear­lier posted a copy of the photo on Face­book her­self only to see it re­moved - wel­comed the U-turn. “That’s very good, I’m a happy prime min­is­ter,” Ms Sol­berg told BBC Ra­dio 4’s The World Tonight pro­gramme.

“It shows that us­ing so­cial me­dia can make po­lit­i­cal change even in so­cial me­dia.” RNZ

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