Spreading False News

As the writer of this article puts it, people feel closer to breaking news than ever before. The stereotype of the guy (and I mean guy) in a trench coat grabbing the phone and demanding rewrite is so old, there’s probably a generation that wouldn’t get it. Today, any of us are a cellphone shot or text away from becoming a newsmaker. That’s great - but it also means lots and lots of unverified and false information attaches itself to every major news story. In his article on First Draft, Josh Stearns asks Why do people share misinformation and rumours online during breaking news events?” He says understanding the phenomenon will help journalists and everyone else overturn them. An important read.