Facebook apologizes for removing ‘napalm girl’ photo

Originally published September 13, 2016 at 1:48 am Updated September 13, 2016 at 1:51 am

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Nick Ut’s famous photo shows children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, running down Route 1 near Trang Bang after a South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped napalm on civilians. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

The cover to Norway’s largest circulation newspaper, Aftenposten, displayed in Oslo Friday Sept. 9, 2016. Editor-in-chief and CEO, Espen Egil Hansen, wrote an open letter to founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, accusing him of threatening the freedom of speech and abusing power after deleting the iconic picture from the Vietnam war, taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, of a young girl running from a napalm attack. (Cornelius Poppe, NTB scanpix via AP)

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The Associated Press

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HELSINKI (AP) — Facebook’s chief operating officer has apologized to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg for deleting a photograph from its pages and conceded that “we don’t always get it right.”

Sheryl Sandberg said in a letter to Solberg that she’d raised important issues about Facebook’s decision to remove postings of an iconic 1972 image of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam. On Friday, following protests in Norway the tech giant reversed its decision and allowed the photo “Terror of War” to be seen on its pages.

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In a letter dated Oct. 10, Sandberg conceded that historical importance “sometimes … outweighs the importance of keeping nudity off Facebook,” after Solberg had reposted the 1972 image and other iconic photos with black boxes covering parts of the images.

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The Associated Press

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One Response to “Facebook apologizes for removing ‘napalm girl’ photo”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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