So far, edit has not been removed
Last month, a scandal broke over a leaked document that Amber Rudd had authorised the use of at least a quarter of a million pounds of public funds for disguised ‘advertorials’ in the Metro newspaper – ads that were described as ‘propaganda’ for the DWP’s hugely-criticised Universal Credit system.
Metro was also heavily criticised for accepting and running the ‘wraparound’ ads, including by the National Union of Journalists.
Disability campaigners were understandably outraged, especially as the leaked letter made much of the fact that the DWP’s ‘branding’ would be omitted to make it less obviously an ad:
The subterfuge and the Metro’s participation were roundly condemned on social media:
Earlier this week, the controversy was also added to the Metro’s Wikipedia page by an anonymous editor, to ensure that casual searchers for information on the paper are informed;
The DWP has previously come under fire for using actors claimed to be benefits claimants praising the Tories’ changes to the social security system. The identities of the individuals in the new wraparound campaign have not been disclosed.
The Metro was involved in controversy after it was paid similar sums by the Northern Irish DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) to run pro-Brexit wraparounds during the EU referendum campaign. Under Northern Irish electoral rules, the DUP did not declare the source of the ‘dark money‘. The ad was not run in Northern Ireland.
At the time of publication, no attempt appeared to have been made to remove the information from the Wikipedia page.
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