The fact that The Huffington Post doesn't pay their bloggers has always been a contentious issue, and the latest report that they're now recruiting teenagers as young as 13 to blog for free will certainly not win them any more fans. Jeff Bercovici at Forbes reports that "as AOL's Huffington Post Media Group gears up for the launch of its next vertical, HuffPost High School. It will join an ever-expanding constellation of topic sites that already includes religion, tech, parenting and divorce. But it will be unique in that it will be the only site produced by minors: Its editor, wunderkind Myles Miller, is only 17, and it will feature the work of teenage bloggers."
It should not come as a surprise that this fact angered Jonathan Tasini, the guy behind a class action lawsuit against The Huffington Post over alleged labor law violations related to their blogs. A former president of the National Writers Union compared the effort to child labor and called Arianna a couple of bad things. "I assume for the no-ethics, no-morals owner the next step after middle school students is importing work from surplus slave labor in China," he told Bercovici who raised a few of his own concerns about privacy. "Should teenagers who can't legally vote, drink or have sex be allowed to decide for themselves what to publish in a place where it could potentially be read by millions of people?"