Facebook is Looking Increasingly Like a Publisher

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has hit a rough patch in his quest to prove to the world that his company is a technology platform rather than an editorially driven, sentient publisher of the world’s self-expression, which carries a social responsibility beyond its next earnings call.

First came the removal of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut of a girl fleeing napalm in Vietnam, posted on the page of a Norwegian journalist. The editor of Aftenposten, whose journalist posted the picture, all Norwegian news organizations, and eventually the Norwegian government itself expressed dismay at the inability of the social platform to consider historical importance and context. Facebook apologized and restored the photo.

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