In the first post I wrote on here I mentioned how author and columnist Michael Wolff wrote that twitter is an all rounder, it is a first responder, a first draft of the first draft of history, and, a back end (Wolff, 2013).
While Twitter may be a first responder, it can very often get it wrong.
Whilst, yes, it was the first to report stories like the death of Michael Jackson and Osama Bin Laden (Young, 2011), on the flip side of its reporting is, how many times has Justin Bieber died? (Serpe, 2012).
However, one could argue, its not just the Internet and social media that gets media reports wrong, but mainstream has also done so. It appears to become increasingly frequent as the race in 24/7 news channels means they now fight with the Internet to be the first to get breaking news to air.
For example, the shooting of Congresswoman Michele Bachman in 2011 that saw all three cable channels CNN, MSNBC, and Fox as well free to air channels CBS and NBC reporting the event. They went off a report coming from NPR (National Public Radio) (Bauder, 2011). However, the information was false and she was still alive (Bauder, 2011).
This example is spoken about more in depth on the Video page where HBO’s The Newsroom filmed a scene examining this very story.
If Twitter wants to be seen as the place that breaks real news first, its going to need to learn how to stop reporting incorrect facts, especially deaths about Hollywood celebrities; maybe now, with the director of news position, we’re seeing the first steps take place.
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