mumsnet supporters begin an avalanche of coverage

By on Aug 8, 2006 in BBC, citizen journalism, internet libel, law, online community, social software | 3 comments

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When Gina Ford instructed her solicitors to send a letter to the ISP hosting mumsnet, threatening to sue them for libel if they didn’t cease hosting the community site for moms and expectant moms, she probably had no idea how much attention it would get in the newspapers. The story even made the news in Qatar. And let’s not underestimate the power of blog posts and digg votes.

In fact, coverage of the story is going ballistic.

Like thousands of others, I’d never heard until Ford or her sometimes controversial parenting books until yesterday when I heard about the predicament mumsnet found itself in. Now her name has been in every major UK newspaper website and the story has reportedly run on Channel 4 News (TV), LBC Radio, BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, the ITV lunchtime news (and now on their website), BBC1 News (video). I’ve also heard that it was mentioned on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and may appear on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour at lunchtime.

…and I was just interviewed by BBC 5Live’s Victoria Derbyshire (using the listen again feature for Tuesday, I was on at 11.25am for seven minutes).

robin on five live...

(Update 19 September: I have removed a link to the page at from this post after concerns about the accuracy of information held on that page were brought to my attention. I cannot confirm what the contents were because the page has itself been removed.)