“An image of a naked child would normally be presumed to violate our community standards, and in some countries might even qualify as child pornography,” Facebook said in a statement on Friday. “In this case, we recognize the history and global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time.”So the political use of a child is what gets the exception? I have a particular problem with the use of children in politics, and I see the value of general rules with no exceptions. But here, submitting to pressure, Facebook has made ONE exception. The picture is so famous. It was powerful in its political effect. And this one particular naked girl — in her helpless suffering, with no consent to being seen naked — has been displayed to the world, to millions, for decades. She's the one naked child who must be seen again and again, damn the general rules, because her suffering speaks again for the purposes of a Facebooker who has found one more occasion to use her.
And I'm saying this as someone who has repeatedly stressed the importance of Facebook respecting freedom of expression.