The British Press Complaints Commission is thinking of expanding its remit to include everything that a reporter puts on Twitter.
Its cunning plan is that if you do not like what a reporter tweets you can lodge a formal complain with the watchdog.
It would be the first time that the media watchdog had included any form of social media content under its jurisdiction.
Most hacks say that they are tweeting their own thoughts and not their employer’s. However, Iain Connor, a partner at media and entertainment specialist law firm Pinsent Masons, told the Telegraph that this was a weak argument.
He said that people only read a hack’s tweets because they are a journalist, and that’s probably the reason why the PCC is considering regulating them.
Connor thinks that the PCC is being proactive by considering the extension, to prevent wider regulation being bought in by the government.
The first job will be to separate a journalists’ public and private tweets.
Every newspaper’s official Twitter feeds will be fully regulated.
Each newspaper will be required to have a Twitter policy which will let every reporter know which accounts are considered to be part of its editorial output.
God help us if it gets to Facebook. It would mean that anything we write on our facebook pages that people don’t like could get us hauled before the PCC.