Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook censors Vietnam war 'napalm girl' photo

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Mark Zuckerberg has been accused of an abuse of power after Facebook censored one of the most famous images of the Vietnam war from Facebook. Norway's largest newspaper on Thursday published a front-page open letter to the social network's founder slamming the company's decision to remove historic photo the Terror of War. The Pulitzer prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut shows children, including a naked nine-year-old Kim Phuc, fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam war.

Espen Egil Hansen - editor-in-chief and CEO of Aftenposten - called on Zuckerberg to recognise his role as the "the world's most powerful editor" of a site that has become a key player in the distribution of news and information globally. "I am upset, disappointed - well, in fact even afraid - of what you are about to do to a mainstay of our democratic society," he said. "I am worried that the world's most important medium is limiting freedom instead of trying to extend it, and that this occasionally happens in an authoritarian way."

source: Article 'Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook censors Vietnam war 'napalm girl' photo' by Cristina Criddle; www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/09/09/mark-zuckerberg-accused-of-abusing-power-after-facebook-censors/; The Telegraph; 9 September 2016