press complaints commission to investigate media scraping of social media content

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Chris Vallance, Tim Toulmin, the Director of the Press Complaints Commission, revealed that the PCC is embarking on a major consultative investigation of how news and media organisations are reusing content found online, primarily from social networks such as Facebook and Bebo. Vallance writes on the iPM Blog:

"In the interview Toulmin indicates the matter is one of degree:
journalists do have a rights to use publicly accessible content and the
public have responsibilities when they post it, but there is value in
establishing boundaries which can guide the press in the ethical use of
this content…"

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