December 27, 2012
BBC shuts Lonely Planet site over sex posts
"A source with links to Lonely Planet management said the decision to shut the forum was ''all about Jimmy Savile''.
The source said a user, who had been banned several times for trolling and harassment, emailed BBC executives asking if they were aware Thorn Tree was full of porn and swearing.
''They discovered that if you looked for terms like 'paedophile' or 'child prostitution', you got Thorn Tree hits,'' the source said.
''The hits are mostly discussions of current events or pointless stuff that would have been moderated, like 'Barney the dinosaur is a big purple paedophile'. However, someone found a thread about 'what's the age of consent in Mexico?' That really set them off.
''They went into full, freak-out, panic attack mode.''"
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