Wednesday 24 May 2017

'We don't always get it right' - Facebook apologises for censoring iconic war photo

The Pulitzer prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut showing children fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam war. Photo: AP
The Pulitzer prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut showing children fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam war. Photo: AP
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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".

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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