Twitter News: Real or Fake?

In the past few months, Twitter has been a main source for breaking news. Unfortunately, like news broadcasts, most of the breaking news is negative. The question remains, who can you trust for your news on Twitter?

Some time before Michael Jackson was officially pronounced dead, he was already dead according to the Global Associated News. Not thinking twice, I retweeted this horrible news only to find at the time it was not true. I thought to myself, why would a news company be allowed to post something like this on the Internet?

A follower told me to check the bottom line and it read the following:

“Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment.”

This isn’t the only incident with a fake death. There have been reports in the previous few months that Patrick Swayze, Jeff Goldblum, Natalie Portman, Britney Spears, Rick Astley, George Clooney and other celebrities have passed away. All fake.

Why should a user continue to trust Twitter for news? You shouldn’t. I refuse to believe breaking news on Twitter unless more than one major news source confirms the incident or a Twitter user has posted a picture

Twitter is just not the same as it was a year ago. Now there is tons of spam and fake news.

On a more humorous note – 15 Fake and Funny Twitter Accounts from PC World.

One Response to “Twitter News: Real or Fake?”

  1. Kelvin - July 13th, 2009

    I guess sometimes we have to check the sources from where we get the news. A lot of times when something major happens, some news national news confirm things right away or they wait for more sources. In this case LA Times and CNN on he day Michael Jackson died. If I read something, I usually go look it up for more information and identity.

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