Watchdog clamps down on Facebook

A landmark ruling that Facebook is an advertising medium — and not just a way to communicate — will force companies to vet comments posted by the public to ensure they are not sexist, racist or factually inaccurate.

In a move that could change the nature of the social networking site forever, companies could be fined or publicly shamed for the comments that appear on their Facebook brand pages.

Last month the advertising industry watchdog issued a judgement in which it said comments made by fans of a vodka brand’s Facebook page were ads and must therefore comply with industry self-regulatory codes and therefore consumer protection laws — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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