November 28, 2006

You are an arse and a wife–beater…

...and not only do you smell, you also beat your children.

What ya gonna do about it???

Well, the director of the Press Complaints Commission, Tim Toulmin, says you should be able to go to a Blogs Complaints Commission which acts as a regulator over libelous and nasty comment on the internet.

Like the PCC, it would be self-regulating and have no real bite behind its bark. You’d have to apologise publicly on your blog, retract the original comment and look very very sorry.

But it’s a non-starter. There are far too many blogs for any independent body to be able to oversee them. Even if done in the style of Wikipedia – so the job of regulating blogs was shared between many people – I can’t imagine that a body of work so huge could be adjudicated fairly. Mr Toulmin also seems to ignore the widely-held view that the PCC doesn’t work, so why would a blogging equivalent?

It might work as a voluntary scheme, adding greater credibility to the creme de la creme of blogs. But who would sit on a Blogs Complaints Commission?

I applaud Tim Toulmin for rejecting the idea of strict regulation, governed by law. But I challenge him to come up with a way of making this work.


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  1. Blamerbell

    First customer the Right Hon. George Osborne MP perhaps?

    28 Nov 2006, 20:13

  2. What a load of bollocks. Does the government get bored of real work and make legislation instead?

    28 Nov 2006, 20:15

  3. Blamerbell, George Osborne would only have any need to go to a Blogs Complaints Commission if he thought I had undersold how much of a nasty, greasy twerp he is.

    Chris, it’s not a government idea/proposal/policy, just something the director of OFCOM thought might be an idea. I don’t think much thought had gone into it previously.

    28 Nov 2006, 20:18

  4. Disillusioned

    This is a disgraceful idea and we need to campaign hard against it.

    Post one of these logos on your blog to show your support

    http://disillusionedandbored.blogspot.com/2006/11/voluntary-code-free-zone.html

    29 Nov 2006, 00:10

  5. OH NOES YOU CALLED ME A BUMHOLE POO WILLY ZOMG WHERS MY E-ATTURNEY AT LUL????//

    Doomed to fail, just like every other attempt to regulate internet content en masse.

    29 Nov 2006, 02:53


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