Newsnight Fiasco: Social Media Completed the Jigsaw

February 20, 2014

This Guardian report on the forthcoming book, Is the BBC in crisis?*, hints at but fails to nail once crucial point which shows the impact of social media on modern journalism.

As a journalist, when your evidence is strong but falls short of the degree of certainty required to avoid legal action, you often try to publish what you have by going to great lengths to avoid so called ‘jigsaw identification’. Jigsaw ID is a situation where someone collecting all of the separate facts you present could reasonably piece together the identity of the person alluded to.

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