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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sunday Times


A man complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article discussing his identification by former employers - the Department for Communities and Local Government - as the man behind the ‘nakedCservant' twitter account had inaccurately reported that he had called politician Eric Pickles ‘a disgrace' interested only in ‘petty point scoring'. He explained that these comments had in fact only been ‘retweeted' by him.


While the newspaper did not accept that the article breached the Editors' Code, the matter was resolved when the newspaper agreed to amend its online article and database, as well as publish the following correction:

"In a report about a civil servant who was sacked for posting anonymous Twitter comments about coalition policy and Whitehall life (Rebel mandarin behind caustic tweets unmasked, June 5) we mistakenly attributed to him a tweet calling a senior government minister "a disgrace" and only interested in "petty point scoring". We now accept that the civil servant did not post this particular tweet and are happy to set the record straight."

Date Published: 08/12/2011

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