Facebook Now Censors the Graphic Content Being Newsworthy

Following a series of controversies about the deleted content, Facebook begins to consider more specific posts only if they are “newsworthy, significant, or relevant to the public interest.” The process includes a crucial editorial function for news organizations.

The company announces after a month of site censored Nick Ut, a famous documentary photograph from the Vietnam War for violating Facebook’s nudity policy. Facebook says it will change the way of rules enforcement for images like Ut’s, to allow more items which people find newsworthy. However, An exception is provided for few content even if it violates community standards otherwise.

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“Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them,” says Justin Osofsky, vice president of global operations and media partnerships, along with Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy.

Zuckerberg mentions that Facebook is a tech company, but not a media company to censor. The company demonstrated how hard it is to keep the two things entirely separate when Ut’s photograph reinstated later.

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Ut’s photograph is referred an iconic representation of the disgust of war. Facebook reported the picture as a violation of its community rules against nudity as a tech company. This new change will explore the weighing its rules and importance of image together.

The Vietnam War photo wasn’t for the first time that Facebook has faced criticism for mishandling newsworthy content on its site.