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Retraction: Yahoo and Iran

Overnight one of our bloggers, Richard Koman, reported that Yahoo handed over user names to the Iranian government. We're retracting the blog post.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Overnight one of our bloggers, Richard Koman, reported that Yahoo handed over user names to the Iranian government. We're retracting the blog post. Here's what went wrong.

First, the post was based on a single source who had a clear agenda. That source wasn't properly filtered and his charges weren't verifiable by credible sources.

Second, we never called Yahoo to verify the report or get an appropriate response. Blog networks still need to follow journalism 101 and Yahoo should have been called. In summary, our checks and balances went awry. We put a lot of trust in our bloggers to get it right and frankly we let you down with this report.

The chain of events can be found on the post, but we wanted to do a separate item for the record. My apologies again and we will be taking corrective measures to prevent this breakdown.

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