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Facebook slammed for cutting Swedish breast cancer video

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Facebook slammed for cutting Swedish breast cancer video
File photo of the landing page of the Swedish version of Facebook. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
17:13 CEST+02:00
A Swedish breast cancer awareness video has been removed by Facebook because the social media giant deemed the images "offensive," the Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden) said on Thursday.

The video, displaying animated figures of women with circle-shaped breasts, aimed to explain to women how to check for suspicious lumps.

Sweden's Cancerfonden said it has tried to contact Facebook without any response and has decided to appeal the decision to remove the video.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

"We find it incomprehensible and strange how one can perceive medical information as offensive," Cancerfonden communications director Lena Biornstad told AFP.

"This is information that saves lives, which is important for us," she said. "This prevents us from doing so."

Facebook faced outrage in September for repeatedly deleting a historic Vietnam War photo included in a post by Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

It said the iconic photo of a naked Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm bombing violated its rules but later backtracked on the decision.

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