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Facebook likely to add more content of a Controversial Iconic Vietnam War photo “The Terror of War”

Facebook re-instated the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph after Solberg and others accused Facebook of censorship and of editing history by erasing the image

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The front page of Norway's Aftenposten is seen at a news stand in Oslo, Norway, Sept. 9, 2016. The newspaper's chief editor accused Facebook of abusing its power after it deleted an 1972 iconic image of a nude Vietnamese girl running from a napalm attack. VOA
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Facebook will allow more content on its platform that it would have earlier removed because it violated its standards, a senior company executive said on Monday, following the controversy over the removal of an iconic Vietnam War photo.

His comments come after a dispute in September between the company and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg after Facebook deleted the photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, called “The Terror of War.”

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“We have made a number of policy changes after The ‘Terror of War’ photo. We have improved our escalation process to ensure that controversial stories and images get surfaced more quickly,” said Patrick Walker, Facebook’s director of media partnership for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“[And] in the weeks ahead, we are 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,” Walker told a meeting of the Association of Norwegian Editors in Oslo, to which he was invited following the row, by both the association and the Norwegian culture minister.

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“We will work with our community and partners to explore exactly how to do this,” he said. “Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing a safety risk or showing graphic images to minors or others who do not want to see them.”

Facebook reinstated the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph after Solberg and others accused Facebook of censorship and of editing history by erasing the image from their accounts under its restrictions on nudity. Facebook backed down, ruling that the historical importance of the photo outweighed the company’s nudity rules. (VOA)

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400 mn People Using Facebook Watch Monthly

The company also announced that "Ad Breaks" are now available to eligible Pages in 40 countries around the world

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400 mn using Facebook Watch, now available on desktop. Pixabay

Over 400 million people are using video-on-demand service Facebook Watch monthly and 75 million people daily who spend at least one minute on Watch, the social networking platform has announced.
Launched in the US in 2017, the video service allows users to enjoy videos from different genres, including entertainment, sports and news in their personalised “Watch Feed” that carries a collection of recent videos from the pages they follow.

“Well, 2018 was a big year for Facebook Watch. Watch launched in every country around the world, the platform opened to videos from all Pages, and we debuted dozens of Facebook Originals,” Fidji Simo, Head of Video, said in a blog post on Thursday.

In August, Facebook rolled out Watch globally on mobile and now, the service is also available on desktop and Facebook Lite, the company announced.

On an average, 75 million daily visitors spend more than 20 minutes in Watch.

“Since the Summer we have been working to bring ‘Watch Party’ to everyone on Facebook.

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“We’ve seen it really take off — there have been more than 12 million Watch Parties in Groups alone, and Watch Parties garner eight times more comments than regular videos in Groups,” said Facebook.

The company is also working to unify the video experience across Facebook.

Right now, people can find videos on Facebook in a number of different places — Watch, News Feed, Search, Pages and more.

“We want to make the experience of watching video feel immersive, no matter where you discovered it. As part of this effort, we’ll be testing a few things in the coming months,” informed Simo.

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The company also announced that “Ad Breaks” are now available to eligible Pages in 40 countries around the world.

“We’ll bring Ad Breaks to video creators in more countries around the world, and will test new Ad Breaks placements, like in livestreams from gaming creators,” Simo said, adding that the company would provide advertisers with more options to tailor their video ad campaigns and connect with target audience. (IANS)