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19 November 2013updated 07 Sep 2021 10:13am

E! Online mixes up Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins with H from Steps

When two celebrities have the same name this can happen, but it's really, really important you don't do it in cases like this.

By media mole

Ian Watkins, former lead singer of Lostprophets, was convicted of appalling crimes this week. Ian Watkins, also known as H from Steps, was not.

It was bound to happen, but this is a shocker by E! Online:

(screenshot via @wonky_donky on Twitter)

It took about half an hour, and the whole of Twitter noticing it, before E! took it down. Somewhere, a picture editor is getting an earful about libel law.

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There’s also a lesson here for websites with content-related adverts. It’s unlikely that H&M is keen on its clothing for children being associated with this story either.