Danish court blocks media from quoting Facebook 'friends'

Oct 13, 2010
Journalists may not use information from the Facebook accounts of their "friends," a Danish media tribunal ruled Wednesday in a case pitting the prime minister's brother against a tabloid.

Journalists may not use information from the Facebook accounts of their "friends," a Danish media tribunal ruled Wednesday in a case pitting the prime minister's brother against a tabloid.

"Information on closed profiles are reserved to people -- the Facebook 'friends' -- who have been authorised to access the profile," the Danish Press Council said.

"That is why media do not in principal have access to use information posted in closed profiles," the media ethics court said, setting a legal precedent on how media can use the Facebook website.

It added however that this consideration for the closed profile holder could be superseded in some cases if the general interest in the information was big enough.

That had not been the case when the Ekstra Bladet tabloid in July published elements from the closed Facebook profile belonging to Knud Loekke Rasmussen, the brother of Denmark's centre-right government chief Lars Loekke Rasmussen, the council said.

Four journalists at the paper figured among his Facebook "" and thus had access to his comments, which included calling members of the opposition "loudmouth" and "idiot".

The Press Council, an independent body that handles ethics complaints against Danish media, ordered Ekstra Bladet to publish its ruling in the paper.

The council had last April ruled that Danish media could freely use all information posted on "open" Facebook profiles, which are visible to everyone and not limited to the account-holders' approved circle of friends.

Explore further: Facebook tuning mobile search at social network

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Facebook to keep profiles of the dead

Oct 27, 2009

(AP) -- Death doesn't erase the online footprints that people leave in life and Facebook won't either, though it will make some changes.

Facebook profiles to play up brand and band pages

Apr 19, 2010

(AP) -- Facebook is revamping users' profiles to emphasize the pages for bands, books and businesses that millions have become fans of on the world's largest online social network.

Recommended for you

'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

22 hours ago

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland.

Ecuador heralds 'digital currency' plans

22 hours ago

Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which ...

WEF unveils 'crowdsourcing' push on how to run the Web

Aug 28, 2014

The World Economic Forum unveiled a project on Thursday aimed at connecting governments, businesses, academia, technicians and civil society worldwide to brainstorm the best ways to govern the Internet.

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

Aug 26, 2014

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

User comments : 0