Fake (Sports) News on Twitter

Twitter is the social media app that I personally prefer over others such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. For me it provides a balance of sports news and comedy that I cannot get from Facebook which to me is the closest thing to Twitter.

However, Twitter does have a flaw. This flaw is false reports spreading like wildfire, credited media personalities believing them, and telling those reports on the air. For this I am strictly looking at sports news since that is the news that I follow the closest.

Now, how can one fake a report is the question that is probably being asked along with how could somebody buy a fake report since most reporters have the blue check mark by their name.

Well, these fake reporters just change their name and profile picture to match one of a reporter, tweet something that looks official, and since there are a good amount of people who do not bother looking for a blue check mark or checking the account’s @, they retweet the tweet and then more and more people get duped and they retweet it, and so on and so forth.

The most famous member of these fake reporters is account called @DocMcCockiner who has fooled tens of reporters and sports television personalities, including Skip Bayless.

This issue is not the worst thing in the world, it is more of a form of trolling than anything, but since it has made its way into national headlines it does seem worth mentioning.

Combating this problem is simple: just be more attentive to detail and think before you retweet.

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