TheDailyBeast: Infamous Accidental Tweets

Gabrielle Giffords Shooting

It wasn’t a single person, but rather a host of media outlets that made several Twitter mistakes during the frantic afternoon that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January 2011. NPR, CNN, Reuters, Fox News and the much-followed news site, Breaking, all tweeted that Rep. Giffords had died from the shooting. The sites all corrected their mistakes several minutes after posting that Giffords had died, some deleting their initial tweets—which set off a social media debate—to prevent retweets from spreading inaccurate news.
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