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A cyberspace democracy?

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This morning the Guardian has published one of the names that is assumed to be on the list of people allegedly linked to paedophilia, which Philip Schofield brandished in an interview with This Morning on ITV yesterday.

He was a prominent Conservative politician in the 1980s and the allegations on the internet were that he had been abusing children at the Bryn Estyn children's care home in north Wales.

The Guardian says he has been a victim of mistaken identity, but has the damage to his reputation already been done?

The BBC's home editor Mark Easton examines how the internet and social media is becoming a major forum for politics.


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