Facebook decides to relax its violation rules after dispute over Napalm girl outrage

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If you’ve been a victim of Facebook’s controversial standards’ violation leading to your post being taken down or even page suspended, there’s finally a reprieve for you as the social media giant has decided to relax its rules.

According to report by Reuters, Facebook will now allow more content on its platform that it would have earlier removed because it violated its standards.

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The 1972 photo is considered one of the Vietnam War’s defining images. AP: Nick Ut Cong Huynh

The announcement came in the wake of a full-blown controversy over the removal of an iconic Vietnam War photo.

In September Facebook had landed itself in a dispute with the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg after it deleted the photo, called “The Terror of War”, of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack.

Solberg had accused Facebook of censorship and of editing history by erasing the image from their accounts under its restrictions on nudity.

Facebook was forced to concede agreeing that the historical importance of the photo outweighed the company’s nudity rules.

Patrick Walker, Facebook’s director of media partnership for Europe, Middle East and Africa, “We have made a number of policy changes after The Terror of War photo. We have improved our escalation process to ensure that controversial stories and images get surfaced more quickly.”

He added, “(And) in the weeks ahead, we are going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant or important to the public interest, even if they might otherwise violate our standards.

“We will work with our community and partners to explore exactly how to do this. Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing a safety risk or showing graphic images to minors or others who do not want to see them.”

Facebook has since then re-instated the photo, which had won Pulitzer Prize.

 

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