Social media guidance

This guidance (updated in April 2022) provides a framework for thinking through questions about using material taken from social media and some examples of relevant decisions by IPSO’s Complaints Committee.


Relevant Clauses

Clause 1 - Accuracy
Clause 2 - Privacy
Clause 4 - Intrusion into grief or shock
Cause 6 - Children

Link to Editors' Code

Further Support

The IPSO podcast has two episodes covering social media and photography that may prove useful:

Social Media


The IPSO Blog also covers social media:

IPSO Blog: Social media and journalism during COVID-19 How journalism and social media interacted during the coronavirus pandemic

IPSO Blog: Privacy and social media How the Editor’s Code applies to journalists using social media.

IPSO Blog: Court Reporting and Social Media  Why court reporting is important and explores some considerations around use of social media.

IPSO Blog: What should journalists think about when using information taken from social media? - How social media has revolutionised how individuals consume news and how journalists research and write stories