Will Facebook change its censorship policy after the removal of the image of “napalm girl”?

24/09/2016




Facebook is one of the tools that the West uses to propaganda for its policies, especially what they call “the values of democracy”. However, the real values of human mankind always belong to the entire world or the bigger part. Therefore, the sins of the US and other countries in Vietnam War have never been disappeared in the mind of international community

In June 8, 1972, 9-year- old Kim Phuc had to run out of her house after a South Vietnamese plane dropped its flaming napalm on civillians. The terrified girl had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The photo of Nick Ut posed when Kim phuc and her brothers were running on the road, named “Terror of War” has become an iconic image of a child victim of the Vietnam War.

However, last few weeks, Facebook deleted multiple copies of the image by Nick Ut and suspended user accounts after a Norwegian newspaper editor posted the picture as part of a series on war photography. The editor-in- chief of the paper, Aftenposten, decried the move by Facebook in an open letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Dear Mark. I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture,” he wrote.

The move by Facebook has caused controversy internationally over its censorship and the freedom of speech.

Recently, Facebook has made a u-turn over its decision and announced that:

“After hearing from our community, we looked again at how our Community Standards were applied in this case. An image of a naked child would normally be presumed to violate our Community Standards, and in some countries might even qualify as child pornography. In this case, we recognize the history and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time.

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.

We will also adjust our review mechanisms to permit sharing of the image going forward. 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, and we will be engaging with publishers and other members of our global community on these important questions going forward.”

This is not the first time Facebook deleted sensitive contents on its site. Last year, it deleted the images of Arab Prophet Mohammed after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. At the begging, they blamed their move due to the request of a Turkey lawyer. However, after that, Facebook had admitted its move originated from its CEO’s support to French and Charlie Hebdo./.
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Love Peace 24/9/16 10:24

It's a right decision, Facebook must respect the history

Pack Cassiopian 24/9/16 10:26

The image has shown the pain of the war that Vietnamese has been suffering for long time

MaskOf Zero 24/9/16 10:28

the international community is always on the right side, fighting for the real values of the human mankind.

Only Solidar 24/9/16 10:30

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has admitted that Facebook erred in removing the historic photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam in 1972

John Smith 24/9/16 10:34

the history and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time

Gentle Moon 24/9/16 10:35

Facebook gets it wrong when they censor such pictures. It limits the freedom of speech

LawrenceSamuels 24/9/16 10:44

the "napalm girl" is an iconic photo and a part of our history.

Jane smartnic 24/9/16 10:45

Facebook had learned from the mistake.

Deck Hero14 24/9/16 10:48

Vietnam War is long over, but it has been teaching us the lesson about the meaning of peace

yobro yobro 24/9/16 10:51

Zuckerberg has been abusing his power over the social media site that has become a key distributer of news around the globe

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