In an ABC News story reporting social networks’ cooperation with New York Attorney General Andrew Cumo to ban sex offenders, reporter Ayana Harry made the erroneous statement that Stickam is owned by AOL.
The ABC report reads as follows:
AOL, Google, and Yahoo are teaming up with New York’s Attorney General to identify the sex offenders lurking on their social networking sites and take them offline…. The agreement with Yahoo, Google and AOL affects 13 social networking sites. Google owns Orkut.com and Yahoo owns Flickr.com, while AOL owns the other 11 sites — Classmates.com, Flixster.com, Bebo.com, Stickam.com, BlackPlanet.com, Fotolog.com, Hi5.com, MyLife.com, Multiply.com, Tagged.com and Imeem.com. Registered sex offenders with accounts on those sites will have their memberships purged.
By now, most StickyDrama readers should be aware that Stickam.com is in fact owned by Advanced Video Communications, LLC (AVC). AVC is headquartered atop the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles and is an affiliate of DTI Services, a company that offers live pay-per-view sex shows to the Japanese market. New York Times reporter Brad Stone (no relation to StickyDrama) has published a series of articles exposing Stickam’s affiliation with DTI as well as the Japanese billionaire who ultimately owns both companies.
The story was covered by all major news outlets, and Stickam’s participation with Mr. Cuomo was mentioned by FOX News, the New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, Cnet and several small technology blogs. ABC’s was apparently the only report containing the untrue statement that AOL owns Stickam.
ABC News has a habit of not getting certain details quite right when it comes to Stickam. When John Hock’s live sex assault made front-page headlines across the world, ABC News reporter Emily Friedman reported that Stickam’s domain url was “Stickum.com.”