Bobbie Johnson, technology correspondent, The Guardian, Thursday June 5 2008.
· Nine out of 10 say rules should govern social sites
· Press watchdog could expand internet remit
Nine out of 10 people think there should be tighter regulation of information on social networking websites, according to new research.
A survey found that most Britons believe sites such as Facebook and MySpace should be covered by rules that would help ordinary people complain about intrusive material posted online.
Currently each of the major social networking sites operates under its own set of terms and conditions. However, 89% of those surveyed by the Press Complaints Commission said there should be a set of widely accepted rules to help prevent personal information – such as private photographs – being abused.