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Facebook to cut down on censorship, allowing 'significant' graphic posts

FACEBOOK has decided to cut down on its censorship of graphic posts which might violate its community standards against nudity and violence, as long as these posts are deemed "newsworthy and significant."

"In the weeks ahead, we're going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant or important to the public interest -- even if they might otherwise violate our standards," the company's PR officials said in a blog post on Friday.

The move came after the "napalm girl" controversy stirred outcry from some Facebook users, who complained about being prevented from posting or sharing the world-famous photograph. The image, which shows a naked 9-year-old girl fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnamese war, was said to have violated Facebook's ban on images of naked children, according to the CNN.

The California-based online social network also came under attack this week for removing a breast cancer awareness video for being graphic. The video, released by Swedish cancer charity Cancerfonden, explains to women how to check for suspicious lumps with animated figures.



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