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Facebook reinstates censored photo of ‘napalm girl’

Facebook reinstates censored photo of ‘napalm girl’

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, after the move set off a wave of outrage, including from Norway’s prime minister.

“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,” a spokesperson for the world’s largest social network said in an email. Facebook faced outrage on Friday for repeatedly deleting a historic Vietnam War photo, including in a post by Norway’s premier, which appears to be the first case of the social network censoring a government head.

An active social media user, Norwegian Prime Min­i­s­ter Erna Solberg defied Face­book by posting the photograph, which the US behemoth says violates its nudity rules.

Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2016

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