Amid appeals from James Foley's family not to watch or distribute images of the freelance reporter's brutal murder at the hands of Isis jihadist, the New York Post put on its front page... a picture of the murder.
The picture of Foley, who worked from Global Post and AFP across the Middle East and had reported from Syria for a number of months before he was abducted in 2012, shows the moment immediately before Foley was beheaded.
Twitter has said it will remove images of a similar kind from its platform, and suspend the accounts of people tweeting them. The service said that it would consider removing images "from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death.
The paper, which is known for its controversial front pages, has provoked a storm of criticism from people in America who will see the image in their newsagents and corner shops.
The New York Post cover of James Foley is as graphic and despicable as we've come to expect.
— Dylan Stableford (@stableford) August 20, 2014
The @nypost & other media outlets who published photos/linked to video of James Foley's beheading should be absolutely ashamed of themselves
— Sophia Jones (@Sophia_MJones) August 20, 2014
— Salon.com (@Salon) August 20, 2014
Dear god, New York Post. I'm usually on board with how far over the line you go to keep your crazy tabloid rep. But, um, yeah. Not so much.
— Steve Moore (@Smoore1117) August 20, 2014
@nypost No respect 4 the family of the journalist! I will NEVER purchase this paper. I know, I'm just one person, but I know I'm not alone.
— Linda Marie (@lindamarie926) August 20, 2014
.@nypost Was it that important to your circulation to publish photo of James Foley about to be beheaded? Sad, disgusting journalism by you.
— Adrian Hickman (@adimike55) August 20, 2014
— Jane Lednovich (@JaneLednovich) August 20, 2014
Can’t believe the cover of today’s @nypost. Absolutely disgusting with no regard to Foley’s family.
— Brittany James (@bitty_boop) August 20, 2014
The New York Post's front page is disgusting
— Stephen (@stephenbowes) August 20, 2014
@nypost love your paper, but this cover is horrible. Not sure how anyone thought this was a good idea
— Bob Ellwood (@Ellwood1733) August 20, 2014
wow @nypost just wow. Your cover today is completely awful.
— JOANNE (@MissJtotheK) August 20, 2014
If you can avoid seeing the cover of the @nypost today, I would recommend doing that. Fucking hell.
— Kristi Colleen (@KristiColleen) August 20, 2014
New York Post: disgusting, disgusting people. Absolutely front page horrendous decision. No justification for that.
— Matthew McGregor (@mcgregormt) August 20, 2014
— Josephine Tovey (@Jo_Tovey) August 20, 2014
— Jamie Radice (@jamieradice) August 20, 2014
— Emily (@Emilitaa23) August 20, 2014
When you look at the front page of the New York Post, you wonder what was going through the minds of those who decided to print it.
— William Scully (@WilliamScully1) August 20, 2014
Shame on you @nypost - there is ZERO news value in your front page. It is pornography. What if that was your brother/father/friend?!
— Connie Vasquez (@NaturaSacra) August 20, 2014
— David Gantly (@davegantly) August 20, 2014
'Savages' says @nypost headline today. Also very apt way to describe the paper itself.
— Mikko Takkunen (@photojournalism) August 20, 2014
The Independent's i100 sites has responded to the outcry by producing its own version of the front page, using the quotes from Foley's mother Diane.
— i100 (@thei100) August 20, 2014