Newsbiscuit chairman John O'Farrell today defended his publication against accusations that the practice of “tag-hacking” – leaving anonymous, derogatory comments on fellow users’ submissions - was indicative of a widespread culture of hate at the organisation, instead claiming the actions could all be attributed to one “bona-fide tosspot”.
With tensions rising at the online publisher, a number of high profile private investigators have been called in, with Hercule Poirot first to reveal his thoughts in a no-holds-barred finger-pointing session in the billiard room. Paranoia is rife as the investigation unfolds, suggesting a complex network of aliases may have permeated its way through Newsbiscuit.
One writer is believed to have become so incensed with the anonymous vitriol directed at their work that they immersed themselves in the Mail Online comments section “for a bit of moderation”.
The hunt for the rogue tagger continues, with Poirot now conducting “enhanced interrogation” sessions in the basement. As a media mogul with his finger on the pulse of global current affairs, Mr O'Farrell continues to maintain he knew nothing whatsoever about absolutely anything going on in his organisation, until he saw it on the news like everybody else.