8:53 AM, 16th January 2018, About 4 years ago 17
On 29th December 2017 I published an article about how UK landlords could be criminalised and even face prison sentences as a result of their tenants failing to use the correct recycling dustbins, and other matters. Here is a link to that article, which has been the cause of outrage for many more reasons than it was intended.
When looking for a featured image to add to the article I searched for the keyword Prison on the Pexels stock images website. I had no idea that the image I selected was one of Auschwitz and I certainly didn’t intend to offend the memorial or indeed anybody else. The image I used is the same one as used in this article.
I sincerely apologise for any offense caused and have now changed the image on the article that caused offense.
I have also made a donation to the Auschwitz Memorial
Apparently, the matter went viral on Twitter but I don’t use Twitter myself, hence I was blissfully unaware. The Property118 Twitter feed is only used for automated broadcasting of new articles and is rarely monitored.
Mark Alexander, who is the founder of Property118 was also tweeted, but only became aware of the matter today. He has been traveling since 21st December and has been seriously ill in hospital in Russia (his second home) more recently. He only discovered the Tweets this morning and reported them to me. I also had a message from the Metro Newspaper on my answerphone this morning and now see they have published THIS ARTICLE.
The matter had been reported to Twitter and we also received emails from them this morning to advise us that the matter had been reported several times but they were taking no action on the basis that we had not breached their T&C’s or any copyright or other laws.
I have today searched the keyword “Prison” on the Pexels website and noticed that the picture I had used did not come up. I suspect they too may have realised that unintentional use of that particular image can lead to undue stress to many people.
Once again, I apologise to anybody I have unintentionally offended.
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