Friday 28 October 2016

Facebook apologises for removing 'napalm girl' photo

Published 13/09/2016 | 10:31

Norwegian PM Erna Solberg complained to Facebook
Norwegian PM Erna Solberg complained to Facebook

Facebook's chief operating officer has apologised to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg for deleting a photograph from its pages and conceded that "we don't always get it right".

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Sheryl Sandberg said in a letter to Ms Solberg that she had 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.

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


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