What happens when bad information hits the Twittersphere?
It becomes bad information moving at the speed of tweet. Thousands of Twitterers armed with "RT" and some @ symbols can move bad information before anyone really has a chance to fact check, and on Friday that's what happened.
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The Times article in question was originally published on May 16, 2008. Yet, Proposition 8 -- the ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California -- wasn't passed until November 2008.
You can see the problem here.
"This incident highlights a downside of Twitter. While it's great at disseminating information quickly, it's just as good at disseminating false information quickly. And if a lot of people are saying it -- as thousands are here -- it must be true, right? Wrong," says MG Siegler on TechCrunch.
FTR note: Earlier [removed] tweet linked to a May 16, 2008 Prop 8 story + does not reflect any new news. Original story http://bit.ly/hhwEg
The whole mess is giving us flashbacks to a Google News incident that a certain airline would like to forget.