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Facebook puts back censored Vietnam photo






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Facebook has decided not to block a famous photograph of the Vietnam War. The photo is of a naked, 9-year-old Vietnamese girl and other terrified children running away from a napalm attack. She has a badly burnt back. The iconic photo was taken by photographer Nick Ut, who won a Pulitzer Prize for photo-journalism. Facebook banned the photo because the child is naked. Facebook got a lot of complaints. Norway's president Erna Solberg said the photo was an important part of history and that Facebook was editing history by banning it.

Ms Solberg explained her anger. She said: "They must see the difference between editing out child pornography and editing out history." She wrote on her own Facebook page: "I want my children and other children to grow up in a society where history is taught as it was." Facebook said: "An image of a naked child would normally…violate our community standards, and in some countries might even qualify as child pornography." It added: "In this case, we recognize the history and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time."

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