EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of restrictions in WordPress, we can’t change the author’s name on this post. Nevertheless, we wanted to explain what happened:
Last week, a student submitted an infographic about mobile phone use and asked if PandoDaily wanted to post it. We liked the infographic, the information checked out, and we worked with the student on writing an introduction to the post.
After we published the infographic, the student asked us to add a hyperlink to the product-page belonging to one of the phones he mentioned. Because the post was about larger trends in mobile phone use, not any specific models, we informed him that we would not add the link. The student requested that we remove the infographic from our site unless we added the link.
At this point, we began to question the student’s ethics. We asked him point-blank if he had ties to the mobile phone industry and we never heard back from him. For that reason, we have removed the infographic and the introduction from our site.
We apologize for any confusion this has caused. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
David Holmes, Pandodaily