Being Accurate and Ethical

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Accuracy

When it comes to news organizations and social media, there are a lot of ways that things are wrong. People try to compete to become the first one to break the news and sometimes give up accuracy for speed. This can be because fact checking hasn’t yet taken place or because people are spreading the wrong information when news breaks. For instance, when the Boston bombings occurred, there was a lot of misinformation and people ended up becoming injured by people in the area since they were wrongfully accused.

One way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is just by taking the time to investigate what is going on and where the information has come from. Even ten minutes makes a difference. While audiences do tend to be more understanding when things are wrong, when the wrong people are named for things, it may be very dangerous for them. I think that should not be forgiven so easily. While a news organization might be able to delete a post, nothing is ever truly deleted from the internet once it has been posted. It might mean the difference between someone getting a job or not later on in life.

In order to truly acknowledge a mistake, they would need to comment on the original post to continue the conversation as well as send out an UPDATE post, so that people can change the information and know what is truly going on. While it may reach some people, it will always be a fraction of the amount of people the first post reached.

While it may be appealing to report quickly and see your numbers spike on social media, it is not worth ruining someone’s reputation or their life. People are unpredictable and you never know what will be the turning point that will make people who seem normal, snap. People really need to watch what they post on the internet in order to protect themselves later on and to avoid lawsuits from wrongfully accusing people.

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2 responses »

  1. Some good ideas about reacting to inaccurate posts here, If there are legal implications I would already refer up.

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