It has been announced today that the WBA light welterweight champion, Amir Khan, and his promoter Frank Warren are taking on the giants of social networking, Facebook. The pair have become concerned with what they believe to be ‘racist and highly defamatory’ images and material that appears on the site in connection with their names.
The duo are fighting to make Facebook more accountable for its members as there are many registered users who create pages using the official celebrities names but contain images which would be defamatory if they were published in magazines or newspapers.
Kahn and Warren are instructing their lawyers to force Facebook into abiding by its own Terms and Conditions which state that content which is deemed to be ‘threatening, abusive, hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable’ will be removed.
Forcing social networking sites to take responsibility for their members could create waves in the industry and cause considerable time and effort for the sites to monitor more effectively the content they are publishing.
This could be the start of the larger internet sites accepting that they have the same responsibilities as other channels of the media.