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Facebook cannot face Aftenposten. US company Facebook is in the news today following its move allegedly censuring the freedom of Norway’s press. In 1929, then 67-year-old Fridjof Nansen sent two nude self-portraits in a love letter to American journalist and writer Brenda Ueland, who was 30 years his junior at the time. Aftenposten reproduced these as part of Saturday’s article on a forthcoming book about the famed Polar explorer. After only a few hours, Facebook removed the link from the paper’s account, however, stating it contravened regulations.

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Facebook cannot face Aftenposten

Published on Monday, 17th October, 2011 at 11:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th October 2011 at 22:36.

US company Facebook is in the news today following its move allegedly censuring the freedom of Norway’s press.

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Facebook's Prineville data center,
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In 1929, then 67-year-old Fridjof Nansen sent two nude self-portraits in a love letter to American journalist and writer Brenda Ueland, who was 30 years his junior at the time.

Aftenposten reproduced these as part of Saturday’s article on a forthcoming book about the famed Polar explorer. After only a few hours, Facebook removed the link from the paper’s account, however, stating it contravened regulations.

“Facebook has clear guidelines regarding nudity. Nudity is not permitted. When we receive reports about nudity, we simply react, as always, purely in line with our policy. It has nothing to do with the context in which it is shown,” the US company wrote.

Facebook went on to warn Aftenposten, declaring that, “Further violations may result in termination of your account. Please read the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and refrainfrom publishing offensive content hereafter."

Whilst many Norwegian readers also complained to the paper, including one of Nansen’s relatives, an amused Press Association General Secretary Per Edgar Kokkvold believes Facebook is being “square” and taking matters a little too far.

“It’s possible to understand why Facebook has such guidelines, as there are many who do not want to see naked pictures. Nevertheless, this case purely deals with historical images, which are harmless. This has a clear connection with the story of Nansen,” he said.



Published on Monday, 17th October, 2011 at 11:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th October 2011 at 22:36.

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