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

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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24 Comments

1. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

F***CK social media. . .

2. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

amen to that

3. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

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5. Gate unregistered

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

14. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Were you looking for a thumb up?

17. Grammar unregistered

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

20. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

7. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

8. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

The media are grave robbers Oh and they are not reality we are but they like to be the circus show.

9. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 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

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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?

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.

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

22. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Once again, the pot calls the kettle black.

11. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

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.

21. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

23. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

15. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 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.

16. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

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