Monday, February 28, 2011

Facebook and the Daily Mail

There's a fascinatingly convoluted blog post today entitled "Time for a referee between Facebook and the Daily Mail" by Dan Sabbagh.  This was apparently related to a possible lawsuit about a Daily Mail headline that said "How many victims of Facebook sex gang?"  When pressed, the Daily Mail changed its wording of the headline, but refused to apologize.

In early 2010, the Daily Mail claimed that a man posing as a 14-year-old girl who had created a profile on Facebook had been approached "within seconds" by older men who wanted her to perform a "sex act" in from of them.  Turned out that the author had actually created the profile on a different social network that had nothing to do with Facebook.  Oops.

In a nutshell, I'm not convinced that there's any need for a referee here, but some basic fact-checking from the Daily Mail might be a good start.

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