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Friday, 15 June 2012

BBC bans promotion of Martha Payne's 'Just Giving' page from her 'Never Seconds' Blog

Anyone who follows my Twitter feed will know that, like hundreds and thousands of others,  I've been furiously trying to get Argylle and Butes decision to ban 9 year old Martha Payne from taking photographs for her wonderful blog ridiculed and overturned.

I'm delighted that they've seen sense.

But now the BBC have written to me informing me that I have had a post I put up on their news story removed - because I linked to the Just Giving page of the children's charity Martha supports.

I have pasted the full e mail below.

I am sure this is just an over zealous interpretation of the rules - but come on BBC, do you really want to prevent people helping Martha's charity?

Dear BBC Visitor,

Thank you for contributing to the BBC web site.  Unfortunately we've had to remove the content below because it contravened one of our House Rules.

Your comment was considered to have broken the following House Rule:

"We reserve the right to fail comments which...

Advertise products or services for profit or gain."

For more information about the House Rule your comment broke, please visit -

You can read the House Rules in full here -

Please do not reply to this email. If you wish to appeal against a moderation decision, please visit -

Please note that anyone who seriously or repeatedly breaks the House Rules may have action taken against their account without further warning.

BBC Moderation Team.

URL of content (now removed):



NeverSeconds blogger Martha Payne 'banned' from taking school dinner photos


When you've finished telling@argyllandbute council exactly what you think of them, why not go to the Childrens Charity page Martha set up and donate. At least they can benefit from this ludicrous decision by the council.



BBC team have come back to me - and sadly have confirmed that decision

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we are unable to post messages that solicit money from
other users, even if for a charity.  The only exception to this rule is
the BBC sponsored Children In Need.

Kind regards,
Central Communities Team.

At least they were prompt!

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