Posted by Sarah Sager
Twitter has been the source of many rumors, especially false death reports. Including #RIPChrisBrown, which was trending earlier today.
Unfortunately, on Saturday, Twitter got it right. That afternoon there were tweets reporting Whitney Houston’s death mere minutes after she was pronounced dead. At the peak of Twitter’s reaction, there were 1,179 tweets per second being sent.
To avoid this Twitter faux pas, there is one question to ask yourself before tweeting. Have you heard it from a credible source?
Your brother’s best friend from five years ago, has this ex-girlfriend who says such-and-such passed away…not exactly the most credible of sources. Look for a press release or a tweet from someone like The Associated Press. Another option is to (hold onto your hats, this is kind of crazy) call a credible source involved in the situation.
Think before you tweet. If there is any doubt, do not post it.
Twitter rumors happen at least once a day. Why do you think Twitter is such a rumor mill? Do you have a favorite rumor? Let me know in the comments!