Many Facebook users can expect to see more graphic content appearing on their feeds over the next few months.
While the social network isn t about to allow images of violence and nudity, it will consider them if they re significant or important to the public interest.
In a blog post by two of the company s VPs – Joel Kaplan and Justin Osofsky – Facebook announced it intends to allow more newsworthy images and stories that may violate its terms of service, but without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.
The company said it would achieve this by working with its community and partners.
The move comes after Facebook endured a barrage of criticism last month for removing the iconic Napalm Girl photo.
A Norwegian writer included the image in a post called seven photographs that changed the history of warfare, which resulted in Facebook removing the post and suspending Tom Egeland's account.