Face­book says will re­move fewer pic­tures, sto­ries af­ter Viet­nam photo row

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Face­book will al­low more con­tent on its plat­form that it would have ear­lier re­moved be­cause it vi­o­lated its stan­dards, a se­nior com­pany ex­ec­u­tive said on Mon­day, fol­low­ing the con­tro­versy over the re­moval of an iconic Viet­nam War photo.

His com­ments come af­ter a dis­pute in Septem­ber be­tween the com­pany and Nor­we­gian Prime Min­is­ter Erna Sol­berg af­ter Face­book deleted the photo of a naked girl flee­ing a na­palm at­tack, called “The Ter­ror of War”. “We have made a num­ber of pol­icy changes af­ter The Ter­ror of War photo. We have im­proved our es­ca­la­tion process to en­sure that con­tro­ver­sial sto­ries and im­ages get sur­faced more quickly,” said Patrick Walker, Face­book’s di­rec­tor of me­dia part­ner­ship for Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa.

“(And) in the weeks ahead, we are go­ing to be­gin al­low­ing more items that peo­ple find news­wor­thy, sig­nif­i­cant or im­por­tant to the pub­lic in­ter­est, even if they might oth­er­wise vi­o­late our stan­dards,” Walker told a meet­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Nor­we­gian Edi­tors in Oslo, to which he was in­vited fol­low­ing the row, by both the as­so­ci­a­tion and the Nor­we­gian cul­ture min­is­ter. “We will work with our com­mu­nity and part­ners to ex­plore ex­actly how to do this,” he said. “Our in­tent is to al­low more im­ages and sto­ries with­out pos­ing a safety risk or show­ing graphic im­ages to mi­nors or oth­ers who do not want to see them.” Face­book re­in­stated the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning pho­to­graph af­ter Sol­berg and oth­ers ac­cused Face­book of cen­sor­ship and of edit­ing his­tory by eras­ing the im­age from their ac­counts un­der its re­stric­tions on nu­dity. Face­book backed down, rul­ing that the his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance of the photo out­weighed the com­pany’s nu­dity rules.—Reuters

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