Old news article makes news on Twitter

May 16th, 2009 - 3:32 am ICT by admin  

Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – Hundreds of internet users fell for an old news article spread via the social networking website Twitter on Friday, leading to some users celebrating the “news” that California overturned a gay-marriage ban.

“I am SO pleased about the CA Supreme Court ruling,” wrote one user after hundreds of people re-posted a link to an LA Times article from exactly one year ago. The first post to the old article appeared to had been posted around 1 p.m. EDT but did not impact a lot of people until two hours later when websites such as PerezHilton.com posted the “news.”

Even the LA Times fell for it, one of their editors posted the old article to its nearly 20,000 users. Thousands of people have since “re-tweeted” the link on the website, not knowing the article was written one year ago.

Twitter has seen a large amount of media coverage in the recent months because of its breaking news coverage by eyewitnesses. However, this story seems another reminder about the dangers of taking everything for truth on the social networking website.

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