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Fallfest Discussion Question

Here's one of the subjects we'll be discussing tonight at the Hucks Fallfest w/Addy & Geoff (5:30 p.m. @ Fort Ground Grill):

Someone tweets a fact; people immediately start re-tweeting it. That’s how Twitter works. But do news organizations have a heightened responsibility to verify the information before re-tweeting? What if the original tweet comes from a public agency? Even if we note that we haven’t verified the information, does the fact that we’re re-tweeting it give it credibility?

Question: What do you think?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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