Monday, January 17, 2011

Media Monday: How to correct a Tweet

The media is having a frenzy over Twitter correction ethics after false tweets reporting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had died, when in fact she had not. Twitter moves fast and big news can be re-tweeted hundreds of times over quickly.

Regret the Error has a rundown of the false posts and aftermath.

The main concerns:
  • Is it ethical to delete a false tweet? 
  • How do you properly correct a false tweet?
  • How do you minimize the impact of re-tweeting? 
Craig Silverman wrote an excellent article on Columbia Journalism Review on the subject suggesting Twitter come up with a correction function in which you could direct messages anyone who re-tweets an incorrect post.

Damon Kiesow on Poynter suggests a strikeout option. His article end with a video chat on the issue.

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