Aftenposten dedicates entire frontpage to Facebook criticism

Espen Egil HansenAftenposten.Editor in chief of the newspaper Espen Egil Hansen.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

The entire front page of newspaper Aftenposten’s Friday edition is covered with criticism of Facebook’s picture censorship.

“Dear Mark Zuckerberg” it says in large letters across the front page of the newspaper.

The front is covered with an image of the Vietnam War that has been hotly debated in recent weeks after the community began to censor it.

Editor in chief of the newspaper Espen Egil Hansen writes an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The reason is that Hansen has been told to delete the image, as illustrated in an article that Aftenposten shared on Facebook.

“I now  write to you to tell you that I will not be complying with the requirement to remove a documentary photograph from the Vietnam War taken by Nick Ut. Not now, and not in the future ” , writes Hansen.

It all started when writer Tom Egeland in late August shared the iconic war photo of Kim Phuc and was shut out of Facebook as a result.

Later, a number of others shared the image as a response, including the online newspaper editor Gunnar Stavrum who on Wednesday this week was also banned from the community for 24 hours.

“Listen, Mark, this is serious. First you make rules that do not distinguish between child pornography and famous war photos.

You practice your rules without room for good judgment. Then you censor criticism and debate about this decision – and punish those who dare to criticize, “continues Hansen.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today