Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Someone tweeted it, so it must be true

Some people can’t tell the difference between a puffin and nuffin. The iPhone 4 to be recalled: it’s true - the Daily Mail says so was the title of a blog post by Karen Blakeman on June 27th. The online version of that newspaper fell for a Twitter post from a parody of Apple CEO Steve Jobs that claimed:

'“We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect.”

The Mail story only was out for a few hours before they took it down. What happened to fact checking? The tweet source was clearly labeled as a parody. If they had read more from there, they also would have found that:

“I heard the CEO of AT&T got married recently. The service was great but the reception was terrible.”

“My kids use iPads as placemats.”

“I think we've exhausted the letter ‘i’. It's time to move on to ‘j’."

“I'm not sure what's worse: Being placed on the back of the ‘TIME 100’ cover or being pictured next to Sarah Palin.”

“What's the difference between Google and the oil spill? One is a slimy uncontrollable disaster. The other is an oil spill.”

“So why does Stephen Colbert get an iPad before you? Well, because, next to me, he's America's greatest treasure.”

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