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>> Facebook later backtracked, and now says it will remove fewer pictures. Reuters' Gladys was at the meeting in Oslo. The executive from Facebook, Patrick Walker discussed the dilemmas that have Facebook of dealing with an incredible amount of content, and having to make sure that this content was appropriate.
But he was quickly met with a room full of journalists and editors who said, Facebook says it is a technology company, but it actually is a media company. You control the media for 1.7 billion people around the world and that like any other institution that has a lot of power, you should be accountable.
Media organizations in Norway want more transparency. More accountability, more understanding of what's okay, what's not okay and so there was quite a lot of tension in the room. Facebook responded by saying that following the napalm girl row that it will relax its policy to remove content. If the content is newsworthy, significant, or in the public interest, it may leave it on the platform, whereas before it would have removed it.
But again, they were short on details. When I asked Patrick Walker when we might see the policy change or what criteria could we see change, he did not provide the details. What he said is that he would engage in a debate, in a discussion with media organizations about the way forward.