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.

Please note this guidance was updated 22nd April 2022.


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