‘Most powerful Editor’ Zuckerberg accused of abusing his power by deleting ‘Napalm girl’ image

Most powerful editor Zuckerberg accused of abusing his power by deleting 'Napalm girl' image

Espen Egil Hansen, the editor-in-chief and CEO of Aftenposten, has accused Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg for deleting photograph of the Vietnam War and has called him “the world’s most powerful editor.” Hansen went on to say that Zuckerberg abuses his power thoughtlessly over the social media site which is hugely affecting the democratic society.

Editor of the largest newspaper in Norway expressed his disappointed for suppressing his freedom instead of promoting and extending on the world’s largest social platform.

Norwegian writer Tom Egeland had uploaded a photograph of ‘Napalm Girl’ by Nick Ut that also won Pulitzer prize-winning. The pic was featured in the “seven photographs that changed the history of warfare”. The image of the terror of war in which several children including the naked 9-year-old Kim Phúc – running away from a napalm attack during the Vietnam war.

After deleting the post, Facebook said that it will not entertain any photograph showing fully nude genitalia or buttocks, or fully nude female breast and will remove any such content post on the social media site.

“Even though I am editor-in-chief of Norway’s largest newspaper, I have to realize that you are restricting my room for exercising my editorial responsibility,” Hansen wrote. “I think you are abusing your power, and I find it hard to believe that you have thought it through thoroughly.”

He further added that we should make the world more open and connected and these wartime photos of great sorrow bring humans closer and teach them what war can do.

According to a report by Pew Research Center, nearly 44 percent adult receive news on Facebook and slight modification in the news feed can drastically change public’s opinion.

Recently, Facebook fired the team of editors who manage the news feed and it is now controlled by a set of algorithms under the control of Mark Zuckerberg directly. The algorithm works better in promoting specific content. Thus, Mark is the master editor now. Being editor of most influential source on the world; He is the most influential editor of the world.

“While we recognize that this photo is iconic, it’s difficult to create a distinction between allowing a photograph of a nude child in one instance and not others,”  said a spokesman for Facebook. “We try to find the right balance between enabling people to express themselves while maintaining a safe and respectful experience for our global community. Our solutions won’t always be perfect, but we will continue to try to improve our policies and the ways in which we apply them.”

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Kanishk Singh

Kanishk Singh, co-founder, and editor-in-chief at The TeCake, has forayed in the Science and Space for over five years, he enjoys his stint as an editor of several local magazines. He has written several editorials and high-level documentations.

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