One for the new media ethics book – is it ok to link to people’s Facebook pages in news stories?

27 Aug

News.com.au has a story up at the moment about a domestic between a politician and his wife on a flight.

Aside from the fact that the story is from Canada – you need to click through to know this – they have taken the rather questionable move of linking directly to the wife’s personal Facebook page.

While we are big advocates of linking for context our media ethics alarm bells are ringing on this one. Yours?

(Hat tip: Heidi Costello, Digital News Editor, APN Australian Regional Media)

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One Response to “One for the new media ethics book – is it ok to link to people’s Facebook pages in news stories?”

  1. Richard Keeves (@RichardKeeves) September 3, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    It’s an interesting question. I think it is fair enough to link to the person’s public Facebook profile if that adds context and value to the story. If it is purely to add to the story to sensationalize it (eg by linking to a smutty photo accidentally made public by a naive facebook novice) then it would probably be a practice to avoid.

    FB users need to learn the difference between public and private permissions.
    That said, if Facebook change settings and make everything public (as they have done a few times in the past) then it is not fair to Fb users to link to their personal info.

    Public domain is public domain. Sadly, many people will probably learn this the hard way…

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