England’s regulatory body for the press wants to bring newspaper and reporters’ Twitter feeds under its purview.
According to the Guardian, the Press Complaints Commission “believes that some postings on Twitter are, in effect part of a ‘newspaper’s editorial product’, writings that its code of practice would otherwise cover if the same text appeared in print or on a newspaper website.”
A change in the code would circumvent a loophole that – in theory – means that there is no form of redress via the PCC if somebody wanted to complain about an alleged inaccuracy in a statement that was tweeted…
…Its plan, though, is to distinguish between journalists’ public and private tweets. Any Twitter feed that has the name of the newspaper and is clearly an official feed – such as @telegraphnews or @thesun_bizarre – will almost certainly be regulated.
The Press Complaints Commission is a voluntary organization for dealing with public complaints about England’s news reporting. It was established in the 1990s by England’s newspapers and magazines in order to avoid external, governmental regulation.