When friendly URLs are less than friendly

We can only imagine whoever uploaded this particular story had been under a lot of pressure – either that or they had just discovered they were about to lose their job – but it’s really no excuse for calling our Prime Minister the worst word of all.

News desks are high-pressure environments and an awful lot of swearing happens on a daily basis and sometimes the odd bad word slips into copy when we don’t mean it to – but sub-editors are supposed to be in place to act as a sort of quality control to prevent these things from happening.

It’s difficult to know how to react when an employee behaves in such an aggressive way. After a report last week revealed anger is good for your career, perhaps the person responsible was just trying to advance up the career ladder – but when such an outburst affects your business’ reputation, it’s probably time to have a serious conversation.

We spoke to the Telegraph to find out what had happened but as of this morning they didn’t have a comment. We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything.

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The Telegraph's rogue subs aren't to blame: their friendly URL system is - after some messing around, we've discovered any text after the numbers is meaningless, and can therefore be changed to anything. Presumably they've done it to improve SEO, but it means it's open to interpretation by hoaxers.

In completely separate news, we've discovered the paper loves Smarta. Thanks, guys. We're flattered.

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