The use of information sourced from social networking sites such as Facebook has come under the scrutiny of the media watchdog, after Seven regional broadcaster STQ7 used images from a tribute page for a deceased woman.
A Seven Local News report included photographs of a woman and her family and friends accessed from a Facebook RIP tribute page, and a post entered by a 14 year old boy which included his name and Facebook profile photograph.
But the Australian Communications and Media Authority found that due to the open nature of the tribute page, Seven did not breach the privacy provisions of the code.
It has made it clear that the actual settings are not determinative.
ACMA also found that Seven breached two provisions of the Code relating to accuracy by incorrectly attributing a statement to a person in the broadcast, as well as failing to inform the complainant of the correct complaints handling procedures.
Seven’s punishment for the breaches is to provide staff with further code training.