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Facebook censors iconic napalm photo: Are algorithms undermining news?


A Norwegian newspaper editor publicly censured Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after his social media platform took down a famous wartime photograph, citing concerns about child pornography.

Facebook’s decision to censor the famous photo of a naked child fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam war has prompted questions about Facebook’s policies and its use of algorithms to control the content posted online.

“The media have a responsibility to consider publication [of stories] in every single case,” wrote Espen Egil Hansen, editor at Norway’s largest newspaper, in an open letter to Mr. Zuckerberg. “This right and duty, which all editors in the world have, should not be undermined by algorithms encoded in your office in California.” – READ MORE

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