In this photo illustration the Social networking site Facebook is displayed on a laptop screen on March 25, 2009 in London, England. The British government has made proposals which would force Social networking websites such as Facebook to pass on details of users, friends and contacts to help fight terrorism. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Facebook is not happy about being mentioned in a headline that implies its service is helping people molest children. Go figure.
The story reported parts of 16,000 pupils in Torbay were warned of an ongoing "complex child abuse investigation" that may involve 20 or more victims.
Facebook sent a complaint to the Daily Mail demanding the headline be changed, and an apology be given. A Daily Mail spokesperson replied, "We stand by our story."
Facebook is now looking into legal action stating, there was "no evidence" that the website was used to "facilitate these crimes". She added: "While the inaccurate headline was quickly changed online, the damage of being wrongly tied to this story on the front page is worthy of an apology – to both Daily Mail readers and Facebook – of equal prominence."
The newspaper's headline was believed to be based partly on a statement from detective inspector Simon Snell who blamed the internet for the crimes, saying authorities were "keeping an open mind with regards to Facebook, Bebo and other sites".
Facebook said it had "not ruled out legal action" as it waited to see how or if the newspaper would respond.