May 15, 2009

Twitter prank stirs online pot

Despite what you might have read on Twitter today, the California Supreme Court has not overturned Proposition 8, the state's ban on gay marriage.

According to Gawker, someone recycled a Los Angeles Times story from May 2008, when the Supreme Court overturned an earlier ban on gay marriage, and packaged it as new news. Of course, Prop 8 was passed in reaction to the ruling reported on in the May 2008 story.

That fact didn't stop the misinformation flame from spreading. Gawker reports:
But Twitter doesn't sweat the details! Thousands of users "re-Tweeted" it or whatever, and before you know it, the Los Angeles Times' own fucking Twitter feed was sending the gay marriage news out to its 19,700-plus followers.
The Times has since Tweeted that the earlier Tweet was not new news. FishbowlLA also issued a correction on its website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So much for journalistic ethics. No need to doublecheck things posted, I guess. Just grab news from whomever and wherever and post it.