The Daily Mail published an article
written by a former police-officer, who advertises himself on his own website
as a "leading criminologist & child protection expert," in which social network site Facebook was practically accused of aiding social predators in attacking 14-year-old girls.
According to the article in the Daily Mail, former police-officer Mark Williams-Thomas had posed as a 14 year-old and "within seconds" was approached by older men who, Williams-Thomas said, "wanted to perform a sex act."
Facebook has been, understandably, fuming over the publication, especially after the newspaper published an apology, saying that the social networking site in question was, actually, not Facebook, but another site.
Williams-Thomas claimed editors of the Daily Mail had introduced the name of Facebook into the text and said they had left it in despite being told it was wrong, according to The Guardian.
Both the Daily Mail and Williams-Thomas have, however, refused to name the network in question, saying that it might attract unwelcome users, according to The Guardian, who quoted him as saying that "the site would implode."
The only reasonable conclusions can be that the Daily Mail simply wanted to sell more copies and Williams-Thomas was more interested in getting his name out as a "leading criminologist & child protection expert" than anything else.
Unless of course the name of the social networking site was not the only thing that was made up in this story.