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Facebook allows users to post iconic 'napalm girl' photo after major backlash

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[UPDATE] 1:51 p.m.

Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to take down postings of an iconic 1972 photo of a nude, screaming girl following censorship accusations.

"After hearing from our community, we looked again at how our Community Standards were applied in this case," Facebook said in a statement.

"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."

[Original story]

Mark Zuckerberg is being accused of abusing his power after an editor-in-chief of Norway's biggest newspaper blasts the Facebook founder for deleting a post containing a historic image of the naked "napalm girl" from the Vietnam war.

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FILE - This is a June 8, 1972 file photo of South Vietnamese forces follow after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places . Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg ?on Friday Sept. 9, 2016 challenged Facebook’s restrictions on nude photos by posting an iconic 1972 image of a naked girl running from an aerial napalm attack in Vietnam. The Pulitzer Prize-winning image by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut is at the center of a heated debate about freedom of speech in Norway after Facebook deleted it from a Norwegian author’s page last month. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

This is the historic photo of the nine-year-old child taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut during the Vietnam War that was censored. Her name is Phan Thi Kim Phúc.

Espen Egil Hansen, CEO and editor-in-chief of Aftenposten newspaper, wrote a furious open letter to Zuckerberg criticizing Facebook's censorship policies, after the social networking site suspended a user's account for including the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo in a post discussing photographs that changed the history of warfare, according to Aftenposten.

"If you will not distinguish between child pornography and documentary photographs from a war, this will simply promote stupidity and fail to bring human beings closer to each other," wrote Hansen.

Any photographs of people displaying fully nude genitalia or buttocks, or fully nude female breast, will be removed.
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This is what Facebook sent to Aftenposten regarding its photo policies.

 

"I am worried that the world's most important medium is limiting freedom instead of trying to extend it, and that this occasionally happens in an authoritarian way," Hansen added.

Even Norway's prime minister is speaking out against Facebook's policies.

"While we recognize that this photo is iconic, it's difficult to create a distinction between allowing a photograph of a nude child in one instance and not others," a spokesman for Facebook told the Guardian.

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