His gaff his rules

Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war and calling on Zuckerberg to recognize and live up to his role as “the world’s most powerful editor”.

So, the famous napalm girl photo. Facebook insists that you pixellate tits, bums and genitals, or the post comes down.

Want to do it and not pixellate? Well, you’ve got your own website, don’t you?

And to be honest, I think it would be interesting to work this out. Is that photo, famous though it is, safe from an investigation into paedo images? It’s certainly a 7 year old girl in the nuddy as well as being other things.

13 thoughts on “His gaff his rules”

  1. “I am worried that the world’s most important medium is limiting freedom instead of trying to extend it…”

    How the hell could it possibly be said to be doing that..?!?

  2. Could someone post a link on their website for when they published the Mohammed cartoons?

    What? No link? You mean they…self censored ?!!

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Is that photo, famous though it is, safe from an investigation into paedo images? It’s certainly a 7 year old girl in the nuddy as well as being other things.

    Facebook routinely deletes pages, no matter how innocuous, that support the Republicans. I am not sure if it would be immune these days. Because the authorities have gone insane. Just bat sh!t crazy. But if they ban that as child porn[1] then anyone who posts one of Raphael’s cherubs is going to be in big trouble as well.

    People need to get a life

    [1] if you’re turned on by roasted 7 year olds in pain, paedophilia is the least of your problems. And the solution is medical, not legal.

  4. Has anyone actually tried posting this photo to Facebook ?. Someone I know has had a Facebook account up, has quite a lot of naughty bits on show, for a year. So far untroubled by FB censorship.

  5. @ Rob

    “Could someone post a link on their website for when they published the Mohammed cartoons?

    What? No link? You mean they…self censored ?!!”

    Actually, they did:

    “Aftenposten first published copies of the cartoons in 2005 but did not join newspapers in many other countries when they reprinted in 2006 some or all of them, citing freedom of expression.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/norway/6952568/Norwegian-newspaper-reprints-Prophet-Mohammed-cartoons.html

  6. Clarrisa,

    Facebook’s inconsistent approach to nudity

    No, it is entirely consistent. People may argue that it is illogical on the not porn / porn line but “no nipples, no genitals” is consistent.

    And Sam Fox – yes, now illegal. As are some other quite famous photographs. Supposed to be working so not going to scour the outsourced memory. (Okay, I did – Graham Ovenden.)

  7. What they were complaining about as much as anything was the deletion of articles that didn’t include the photo but complained that the original deletion was censorship. THAT’s the worrying bit.

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