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Facebook temporarily bans posts of article with image of starving girl in Yemen

Sunday 28/October/2018 - 12:52 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmad El-Assasy
Facebook temporarily removed posts from readers who tried to share a New York Times article about conflict and hunger in Yemen، which included images of emaciated children، according to "The Independent"

Tens of thousands of readers shared the article on Facebook on Friday، but some got a message notifying them that the post was not in line with Facebook’s community standards.

Facebook had addressed the issue by Friday night.

“As our community standards explain، we don’t allow nude images of children on Facebook، but we know this is an important image of global significance،” a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. “We’re restoring the posts we removed on this basis.”

The article highlighted the suffering of Yemeni civilians amid a devastating war pitting Houthi rebels and their allies against a Saudi-led coalition whose campaign of airstrikes، which are aided by US-supplied bombs and intelligence، have killed thousands of civilians.

Economic warfare has worsened the despair for many Yemeni families، and the country is at risk of a catastrophic famine.

The conflict began more than three years ago، and it received more attention when the killing of a Saudi dissident، Jamal Khashoggi، led to outrage and turned a spotlight on Saudi actions in the region.

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