The Guardian is reporting that the Press Complaints Commission (PPC) in the UK are set to regulate the social media posts of newspapers and journalists. The regulatory body rightly deems that tweets and other social media posts are part of a “newspaper’s editorial product” but at present such writings are not covered under the PPC code.
The article states that the PPC would look to distinguish between a journalists professional and personal accounts – cue journalists adding disclaimers a go-go and securing profiles in variations of their name in preparation!
So if this comes to pass will it change the online habits of journalists? Will they now be slower to give comment and opinion on emerging issues or are those working in the media in this digital age already mindful of the regulator when pressing the ‘enter’ key?