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Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Ruler of the Underworld

Facebook has deleted the iconic 'napalm girl' photograph on the grounds of it being a sexual image of a child.

This post, made by Norway's largest newspaper, accuses Mark Zuckerberg of 'abusing his power as the worlds most powerful editor'.

Zuckerberg is in control of this social media of lost souls...kind of like Hades. Bear with me.

Hades ruled the dead, assisted by others over whom he had complete authority. The House of Hades was described as full of 'guests' though he rarely left the Underworld.

He cared little about what happened in the Upperworld, as his primary attention was ensuring none of his subjects ever left.

In his ruling of unquestioned authority, the photograph fell into this category according to Facebook:

“Any photographs of people displaying fully nude genitalia or buttocks, or fully nude female breast, will be removed”.


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A spokesperson for the Underworld has said: “While we recognise 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”.

On YouTube you can watch the assasination of JFK. This is graphic footage, but it is iconic.

YouTube's justification is that JFK's shooting is a 'historical and educational' event. As a competing social media platform you'd expect Facebook to be similar in its guidelines, right?

YouTube's guidelines for sexual content are as follows:

"A video that contains nudity or other sexual content may be allowed if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic, and it isn’t gratuitously graphic."

Strangely enough, the Facebook-owned company, Instagram, has a similar ethos:

"We understand that people often share this kind of content to condemn, raise awareness or educate. If you do share content for these reasons, we encourage you to caption your photo with a warning about graphic violence."

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Facebook's removal of the iconic image is another reminder of the power it has in the public's consumption of news. For instance, a few weeks ago Zuckerberg's algorithm sent a fake news story to the top of the trending bar.

Surely the newsworthiness of the image and its story should determine whether it's suitable for the public?

Back in 2010, Zuckerberg said that privacy was no longer a "social norm". Is this true, or is it matter of whether it bodes well for Facebook's future? What about the social norm of nudity? That most certainly is changing. That image of a child running from war isn't, nor ever was, seen as sexy.

This is the human body, this is the human body in the midst of war. We're born naked and we are clothed in his Underworld.

On these social media plains, we give up our pennies of privacy to place over our eyes, as a bargaining chip to Hades and his Underworld. I accept to abide by your laws, I give unto you my eternal soul...pshhh to hell with that, I'm sharing the iconic photograph on Facebook right now.


     Cameron Sutherland

    Sunny, Magical, Cameron. Legend has it he came into this world riding atop two ramskulls, leaving a trail of ink, hashtags and cider...or maybe he's a part timer at AllSaints and a content writer studying journalism and public relations in Bristol. Either way, he's kind of a big deal. Follow him @SongbirdCameron

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg, Ruler of the Underworld Reviewed by Cameron Sutherland on Friday, September 09, 2016 Rating: 5

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