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Report of Steve Jobs' death mistakenly repeated on CBS News.com

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Report of Steve Jobs' death mistakenly repeated on CBS News.com
Two big errors this last week pointed out the problems of relying on tweets as a legitimate news source such as the Associated Press or Reuters. Last week, someone hacked into the NBC News Twitter account and sent out a tweet about a terror attack and plane crash at Ground Zero. Of course, with the 10th anniversary of the attack on the United States, everyone's sensitivity was set on skittish to begin with.

"What's Trending" host and creator Shira Lazar

That was followed up by a report on CBS News' "What's Trending". The web show reports on trends happening on the internet and passed along a report on Friday that read, "Reports say that Steve Jobs has passed away. Stay tuned for more updates." To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Jobs' demise were greatly exaggerated. The false report came from "What's Trending" and while CBS did pass it on during the show, the network has no news partnership with them. To make matters worse, other news agencies reporting on the story were attributing the report to a CBS News Twitter account.

CBS cut its ties with
the 28 year old creator of  "What's Trending", Shira Lazar, immediately after Friday's show. Apologies were sent out on all fronts and the offending tweet was removed, although thanks to re-tweeting, it does live on. As does Steve Jobs. "What's Trending" has been removed from the CBS web site and the network has removed all connections with Lazar.

source: PCMag

A tweet about the death of Steve Jobs was incorrect and apologies sent out
A tweet about the death of Steve Jobs was incorrect and apologies sent out

A tweet about the death of Steve Jobs was incorrect and apologies sent out


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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 01:56 8

1. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


F***CK social media. . .

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 02:10 1

2. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


amen to that

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 02:11 3

3. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


There are certain things that you don't joke about and that is someone dying. In some states, that behaviour is considered intentional infliction of emotional duress and is a tort claim.

Now, since Steve Jobs is an important person at Apple, and SEC might investigate for possible stock manipulation.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 02:31

4. Bi8d4dream (unregistered)


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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 02:35

5. Gate (unregistered)


I was excited for a second, only if dis is true

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:24 1

14. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Were you looking for a thumb up?

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:02 2

17. Grammar (unregistered)


Is it really that hard to add one more letter to your words so you can spell "this" right?

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:56

20. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


lmao, So true. You can tell who the kids are.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 02:44 2

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3195; Member since: 17 May 2009)


BOOO, CBS and NBC!!! Check your facts before you report! This is just lazy reporting at its worst!

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 03:12

7. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Why are we so obsessed with death? Especially when it has to be "breaking news". Shame on these damn journalists. Twitter is worse because everyone wants to be the first to break the news. I have lost count on the number of people who have been killed on twitter. A couple of months ago, they killed Sean Kingston after his accident in Miami. Now it's Jobs' turn. This sucks big time.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 05:21

8. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


The media are grave robbers

Oh and they are not reality we are but they like to be the circus show.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 06:07

9. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


android is gonna be really sad as they lost a great competitor . But they would now be happy they are the ones on top of the apps market in a few days

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 06:49

10. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and people wonder why people trust fox news over crap stations like CBS and NBC. Its called VERIFY YOUR SOURCE. Why the heck would any "journalist" just repeat a frikkin random tweet as real news without verifying it? Especially with something as big as a big name's death!? Whats next, they gonna fake documents about a president to push a political agenda??? woopsie, they already got caught doing that.. isnt that right Dan Rather?

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:21 3

13. Too Funny! (unregistered)


Uh, not many people trust fox news. they are the king of unconfirmed and factually incorrect reports that they later have to take back. They've had they're tail between their legs more often than not.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:20 2

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Fox is the worst of the worst. They are blatantly biased and report incorrect info all the time. Also their hosts scream at people and act like juveniles. I see why you like them though.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 18:24 1

22. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Once again, the pot calls the kettle black.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:12

11. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Wow this is like 3 days late. Maybe i sould keep sending tips to Phone Arena.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:19

12. Too Funny! (unregistered)


That's too funny. Look at the all these serious reactions on here. What a joke. This is a possible tort....blah blah. Stock manipulation..... blah blah blah. Give up losers. It was a joke. And a hilarious one at that.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 13:32

21. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


How the hell is joking that someone is dead a hilarious joke? Grow the hell up, life is not something to be joked about. This coming from someone who hates apple.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 06:51

23. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


And to think they just killed someone who at the moment is still battling hard against a serious medical condition. . .

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:25

15. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Why does the new want to be the first, for death? This is sike this cute chick is crazy man. there goes her future.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:51

16. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


I hope he will recover. I don't like apple but my first computer was an apple 2 even if now I hate apple and own a samsung tab and s2. But apple 2 was a very great period in my student life. Happy past years. I wish him to live many many years.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:23

19. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


America loves its social media and pseudo-reality reality shows.....

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 03:36

24. buzzingstreet (unregistered)


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Well here comes the technical analyses handy. Just rely on research rather than your guts feeling and one should stop speculating in the Share market.
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