More from the PCC following yesterday’s Twitter ruling: new guidance on online corrections shows a surprising awareness of search engine optimisation techniques.
Among other points of the guidance are that:
- “Care must be taken that the URL of an article does not contain information that has been the subject of successful complaint. If an article is amended, then steps should be taken to amend the URL, as necessary.
- “Online corrections and apologies should be tagged when published to ensure that they are searchable.”
The guidance addresses a recurring problem with news reports which are corrected after subs see sense – but whose HTML and URL continue to display information which could land the publisher in court – for example that shown in the image above (from here) and below, from this post.(Thanks to Martin Belam for finding the main image) – if you can recall the others, let me know.
UPDATE: Thanks to Malcolm Coles for pointing me to some prime candidates at the end of this Robots.txt file
UPDATE 2: Here’s another one from Malcolm: even newspapers who change their URL can still be found out.