Norway blasts Facebook

Norway blasts Facebook
Aftenposten’s editor-in-chief, Espen Egil Hansen. Photo: Aftenposten

Facebook is reinstating a famous Vietnam War-era photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, after a public outcry over its removal of the image including harsh criticism from Norway’s prime minister.

In a clash between a democratically elected leader and the social media giant over how to patrol the internet, prime minister Erna Solberg said Facebook was editing history by erasing images of the iconic 1972 “Napalm Girl” photograph, which showed children running from a bombed village.

The company initially said the photo violated its Community Standards barring child nudity on the site.

Earlier a furious Norwegian newspaper had taken Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to task for abusing his power as the world’s most powerful editor.

Espen Egil Hansen, editor-in-chief of the Aftenposten, the country’s biggest newspaper, published a long tirade against Zuckerberg after receiving an email from Facebook saying the image contravened the site’s rules.

Facebook had also suspended Norwegian author and journalist Tom Egeland after he shared the image on the social networkseveral weeks ago as part of a story on seven photographs that changed the history of warfare.