Danger in the age of instant news



After breaking news from the Associated Press Twitter account reported two bombs had detonated in the White House, with President Obama injured, Wall Street went into a $200-billion freefall. The news was fake. The account was hacked.

Absent the facts, we react too quickly to headlines that haven’t been vetted. Slow down. Social media increases the speed with which news is delivered but often lacks detail and verification.

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