Il New York Times oggi racconta la storia della diffusione di una falsa notizia: l’imminente indagine giudiziaria su Nikki Haley, la governatrice della South Carolina.

It took only two minutes. An unfounded report on a little-known blog claiming that Gov. Nikki R. Haley was about to be indicted rocketed from South Carolina political circles into national circulation, along the way becoming the latest lesson in the perils of an instantaneous news culture.

Il problema non è Twitter, ma il nowism, cioè la fortissima pressione che spinge a pubblicare una notizia ancora prima di averla verificata, soprattutto se viene da una fonte non esattamente ufficiale e senza una grossa storia di credibilità alle spalle come Logan Smith, l’editor  di Palmetto Public Record, il blog che per primo ha dato la falsa notizia.

But journalists from news outlets that reposted Mr. Smith’s report on Twitter — including establishments old and venerable (The Washington Post, CBS News) as well as new and widely read (The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed) — had no way of knowing that in the minutes after it went online, and did not stop to check first.

New York Times

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