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 Monday, 03 March 2008

The UK  industry watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), will undertake an investigation into the use of material taken from personal profiles on social networks by newspapers.

Tim Toulmin, director of the PCC has said that his organisation had received complaints from people about material "that is being re-published when they themselves are the subject of news stories", and suggests that guidelines are necessary in order to guide the press in their use of social network content. Due to the present lack of boundaries, the PCC has commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct research into public attitudes. In addition, Mr Toulmin points out that social networking sites have a responsibility to advise their users about the implications of uploading personal information to public, or semi-private spaces and goes one step further, saying, "..the press do have obligations over and above those that govern the online community".

However, Bob Satchwell, Director of the Society of Editors stated that the press should be subject to the same regulation as the public.

The recent media interest in the large number of suspected suicides among young people in Brigend, UK, has caused concern about the way social network profiles were being used by journalists.

The British Journal of Photography has stated that the publication of images on social networks does not automatically grant rights to republish photographs elseware.

Read full article on BBC website