Thursday 31 July 2014
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The BBC Scandal and False News on Twitter

The Wrongly Accused Lord McAlpine

It seems the phrase “be careful what you post on Twitter” is taking on a whole new meaning. Great Britain’s former politician Lord Alistair McAlpine was wrongly linked to a sex scandal via a BBC show this week and his lawyers want justice. They claim to be looking at taking action in the British courts in regards to a list of users on the social media site who had helped spread the allegations.

In a day and age where newspapers have given way to online articles and social media is quickly becoming everyone’s breaking news source, it grows difficult to separate the credible bits of information from the false. And integrity may be compromised in a rush to get the scoop. It takes several seconds to send out a tweet that can be read by the entire world – several seconds to communicate something valuable and as always, people take pride in being the first.

News spreads like wildfire and this proves that it can come back to bite you in the – um – arse. So monitoring your status posts and your updates is no longer just about the polite decision to not blast strangers with the fact that you brushed your teeth this morning. It’s about making sure that you don’t get yourself into trouble.

Or…you could always just use Sgrouples, where you can be the first to share the latest with the people you truly know and being wrong is met with no more than a laugh and a sarcastic eye roll from your best friend.

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One thought on “The BBC Scandal and False News on Twitter

  1. Nancy

    This can understand how a twitter user might link two unrelated accidents either for fun or to injure someone’s reputation, but social media makes it so easy these days it’s hard to think before clicking!


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