Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BBC: Allegedly is the new mantra

It is only one word, but one that can save you from being sued.

On this blog, everything is alleged as gossip and tittle tattle always is. For real media outlets, the current Twitter anarchy is causing comment moderation to go into overdrive. 140 characters isn't much space and Allegedly is 9 characters so it unlikely Tweeters are going to start using this word very often.

The BBC has started to clamp down on comments they don't like; a form of censorship.

"As it stands as I write this, on the BBC website, you can say that the footballer who had an injunction in place regarding an alleged affair with Imogen Thomas, was named in Parliament as being Ryan Giggs. But the word 'alleged' is important - any statement that for example an affair, or blackmail took place is likely to result in your comment being removed due to the potential for defamation which the BBC - or indeed you - may not have sufficient proof to defend."

The BBC has also said it hands over inappropriate comments if asked by the Courts.

".. it's worth noting that the BBC has in the past been compelled by the courts to hand over the details of users accounts in the same way Twitter has been asked to do so in this case."

You have been warned. As we mentioned this morning, newspapers are going to stop comments because it is too dangerous. A gagged press and gagged little people. The upshot is Twitter useage will go up even more until that is closed down and we all go back to the pub, turn off the CCTV and gossip face to face.

1 comment:

  1. Using 'alleged' is not a defence in itself. Especially if what you are saying is untrue, malicious and with out grounds.

    You will find that the BBC will still delete your posts even if you use this word. mark my words.