LONDON — What do you do when you accidentally use an exploit in an article you write?
Do you simply stop writing, or do you try to find the author, find the issue and fix it?
Or does it require a little extra effort?
“This is the classic question posed by authors,” said David Waddell, founder of the UK-based UK-wide advocacy group The Epistemological Abuse Alliance, to the BBC.
“It’s a question we hear a lot from people who have just been made to feel vulnerable or feel vulnerable and they don’t know what to do about it.”
Waddell says the answer to the question of how to exploit an article is a matter of both “feeling secure” and “feigning it” — but it can take a lot of effort to actually do so.
Waddells blog post on the topic, entitled How to write an article that exploits an exploit, has been viewed nearly 1,000 times, with more than a third of comments saying they are struggling with it, according to data collected by the site.
“When I say feeling secure, I mean feeling like I’m protected, that I have the right to speak freely about it, that no one can take it away from me,” he said.
According to the Epistemeological Abuse Association, an umbrella group of groups, more than 2,600,000 adults in the UK have experienced exploitation in the past two years.
As part of its work to protect the public from exploitation, The Epistsemological Abuse Alliance has launched an online campaign that asks people to write about what they think would be appropriate in the case of exploitation.
It also offers advice for the authors of articles on how to address exploitation and the potential repercussions of their actions.
The Epistemiological Abuse Coalition, an advocacy group for journalists, says a number of recent stories published in the press that use exploited images or videos have led to widespread condemnation.
In one example, a BBC journalist, Andrew Morton, was forced to apologise for using an image from an alleged porn ring on a Today show interview with a woman who said she was an underage sex slave.
The woman in question was also allegedly an alleged victim of an exploitation ring.
The BBC has said it is taking the issue seriously, but the company’s chief executive said last month it would not be making any further changes to its coverage.