Norwegians have posted the iconic photo of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam on their social media network in protest, and Prime Minister Erna Solberg joined them on Friday. Facebook quickly deleted it. The little girl in the image, Kim Phuc, is naked and crying as the napalm melts away layers of her skin. Solberg later reposted the image with a black box covering the girl from the thighs up. Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten published the photo on its front page Friday and also wrote an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in which chief editor Espen Egil Hansen accused the social media giant of abusing its power. Follow NewsGram on Twitter. In addition, we reserve our rights to this powerful image. We are a public funded media committed to provide news and analyses in an objective and non partisan manner. Editor-in-Chief: Dr.
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Forty-five years later, the social network that can deliver news to nearly 2 billion people treated the same picture like it was child porn. The latest controversy began after Espen Egil Hansen, the editor of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, said he had received a demand from Facebook to remove the photo, which was in an article posted to Aftenposten's page. Within 24 hours, he said, Facebook removed the photo and the article itself. The photograph, taken by Associated Press photojournalist Nick Ut in , won a Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most memorable images of the 20th century.
Facebook on Friday reversed its decision to remove postings of an iconic image of a naked, screaming girl running from a napalm attack in Vietnam, after a Norwegian revolt against the tech giant. Protests in Norway started last month after Facebook deleted the Pulitzer Prize-winning image by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut from a Norwegian author's page, saying it violated its rules on nudity. The revolt escalated on Friday when Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg posted the image on her profile and Facebook deleted that too.
A censorship battle ensued. The picture, taken by Associated Press photographer Nick Ut, has become an icon of conflict photography. The faces of collateral damage and friendly fire are generally not seen. This was not the case with nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc. On June 8, , Ut, who did not immediately return a request for comment Friday, was outside Trang Bang, about 25 miles northwest of Saigon, when the South Vietnamese air force mistakenly dropped a load of napalm on the village. As the Vietnamese photographer took pictures of the carnage, he saw a group of children and soldiers along with a screaming naked girl running up the highway toward him.