Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kanye West Is Not Dead

I just logged into Twitter and I saw that one of the trending topics was “RIP Kanye West.” Immediately I thought that he had died and this was the first news that I had heard about it. So I went to Yahoo and searched his name. He is not dead. It was a hoax.

One of the problems with Twitter is that if enough people post comments with certain words, those words may be one of the few words chosen as a trending topic. The problem is that the trending topics are not checked for accuracy.

Twitter is a source of news. During the Iranian election, Twitter was used for people to communicate with those outside of Iran as to what was happening.

Twitter is getting very big and when companies get big, they need to start policing themselves for user fraud. Maybe have one employee, just one person, check to see if a trending topic is a hoax. If it is a hoax, pull it from the trending topic section.

Twitter, is that too much to ask?

Like or hate Kanye West, I think that any news outlet has an obligation to squash any false rumor as quickly as possible, especially if the rumor involves someone’s death.

The sooner Twitter takes “RIP Kanye West” off of their trending topic, the sooner this rumor can die down. Those who run Twitter are being irresponsible for keeping “RIP Kanye West” as a trending topic and are only adding fuel to the fire of this hoax.


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