Richard Greco suggested in a post on Philadelphia sports news site GCobb.com that journalists shouldn’t automatically assume tweets are fact-checked before running with the information in light of some of the media’s inaccurate reporting on the death of Joe Paterno. (See our story on the misreporting here.)
“It is a great place to find the lead to a story, but when using a tweet journalists need to fact check. Twitter is just another source, less reputable because it’s 140 characters and doesn’t require its writer to reveal sources, but none-the-less is just another basis. That means if you’re using the tweet in your story you’d better make sure it is true.”
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Greco also called for journalists to fact check all tweets before relying on them for stories.
Read his full post here.