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Facebook reinstates censored photo of Vietnam War ‘napalm girl’

September 9, 2016

Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to censor an iconic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing, after the move set off a wave of outrage, including from Norway’s prime minister.

“Because of its status as an iconic image of historical importance, the value of permitting sharing outweighs the value of protecting the community by removal, so we have decided to reinstate the image on Facebook where we are aware it has been removed,” a spokesperson for the world’s largest social network said in an email to AFP.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.