Social networking website Facebook won't go after The Sun and others over allegations that it "caused" a significant rise of Syphilis in some areas of the United Kingdom.
We were issued with a statement from Facebook's PR representative, who said that "Facebook is not considering legal action against The Sun regarding the Syphilis article. The team has spoken to the journalists about the piece".
The email was accompanied by the official Facebook statement : "The assertions made in newspaper reports that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis are ridiculous. Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision. The reports exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation. As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our Web site is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share."
Obviously, the dig against newspapers in general is pretty obvious and well placed. For now at least, Facebook has apparently opted to close the case until further notice.
For a clearer comprehension on how the world's biggest social networking website ended up on the wrong side of the fence, why not read "Should Facebook Sue UK Newspapers Over Syphilis Innuendos?"