Posted by: kklist | February 4, 2017

Rumors Spread Like Wildfire

Good Morning Ethics,

Here’s an interesting Buzzfeed piece that documents the spread of rumors on social media after the recent Quebec City mosque shooting. A real concern is the naming of “suspects,” who were not suspects, based on information picked up from police scanners. You might recall a similar mistake in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

And another huge concern is naming an individual as a suspect, when he actually was a witness and a hero.

In terms of corrections, note how some sites deleted these inaccurate posts, which makes sense when they’re possibly endangering lives. But others remain up.

We’’ll be moving to a discussion of Accuracy next week—so this is a jump start on that discussion.

See you Thursday!

best,

k

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