Going off pop: Cruel comments and lies killing media reputations
OPINION: A lot has been said about the decision by News24 to shut down their comments sections. But very little is being said about the gross inaccuracies that emanate from citizen journalism and social media, says Chris Moerdyk.
A few television news networks do occasionally give a somewhat limp-wristed warning about the veracity of the facts from mobile phone footage or tweets they have received from someone or other in the thick of a breaking news story.
But largely, the information highway has become a spaghetti junction of information that quite simply cannot really be trusted.