One of the many great things about Twitter is the endless streams of live news, information and opinion. From a journalistic viewpoint, it’s the only platform that matches radio for immediacy. If you happen to be in the right place (or wrong place) at the right time, you can tweet, upload photos and become your very own news ticker.
Therein lies the problem.
Twitter is a platform, not a news organisation. No editor. No news policy. User driven content so you are always questioning if you are swallowing noise or truth.
As former Google CEO Eric Schmidt bluntly but it “Twitter can no more produce analysis than a monkey can type out a work of Shakespeare.”
Here, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan explores how Twitter and other social media channels are bringing the “don’t always believe what you read” mantra into renewed focus.