Facebook is considering whether to sue The Daily Mail over the headline of an article that the paper did on a paedophile gang operating out of Devon.
Last week, The Mail did a news piece titled “How many more victims of Facebook sex gang?”, which revealed that 16,000 parents were warned about a massive child abuse investigation that could involve more than 20 victims.
The headline prompted a strong reaction from the social networking giant, which claimed that there was no evidence to determine that the platform was used to trap the victims.
After Facebook's tirade, the Daily Mail changed the headline online. However, Facebook's demand for a print apology was denied as the Mail believes it was justified in using the company's name in the article.
Facebook has since told its lawyers Osborne Clarke to see whether Facebook is in a position to sue the newspaper or whether it should lodge a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission.
A Facebook spokesperson told The Guardian “While the inaccurate headline was quickly changed online, the damage of being wrongly tied to this story on the front page is worthy of an apology – to both Daily Mail readers and Facebook – of equal prominence.”
A 19 year-old man has been charged with two sex offences resulting from the investigation by Devon & Cornwall police.