No, not the 'scanner', but the one at the side. Facebook 'spreads syphilis'.
Presumably that's on top of the cancer Facebook will give you if you believe the Mail.
The Sun said:
Cases of syphilis have increased four-fold in Britain's Facebook capital as users meet up for unprotected sex, it was revealed yesterday.
Figures released last month showed that people in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside were 25 per cent more likely to log on regularly.
And an NHS trust chief said Facebook and similar sites were to blame for a shocking rise in cases of potentially-lethal syphilis in the region.
Except, that's not quite true. The original statement from NHS Middlesborough doesn't mention Facebook at all. It does say:
Unprotected sex, especially with casual partners, is the biggest risk for syphilis. Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. It is important that people avoid high risk sexual behaviours and practise safe sex to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.
Which sounds like unprotected sex is being blamed for the rise. Not Facebook.
Why have certain sections of the media become so obsessed with blaming the social networking site for everything going?
And more importantly, does the Sun think that stories about sexual health are unimportant unless they're linked to some topical, but totally irrelevant, hook?
The Sun's attack on Facebook is even more pathetic given that the agenda behind it is so obvious - rival social networking site Myspace is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
The Telegraph and Mail were quick to follow the Sun's lead and mindlessly repeated the story. But the reader comments were very critical of this nonsense.
Delightfully, however, the Mail moderators let through this comment which mentions this blog. And no, I didn't write it:
Thank you Scott - and all the green arrow clickers.
(More on the syphilis story from Dr Petra Boynton. And thanks to Jeff Pickthall for spotting the comment.)