“‘Everyone on Twitter is talking about it’ is not the same as everyone talking about it” by Devon Maloney, The Guardian (Jan. 12, 2016).
This article discusses the ethics behind embedding unprotected tweets in news articles without the permission or knowledge of the Twitter user. It asks the question, “just because journalists can exercise that power, does that mean [they] ought to?”
The article cites the story of Aziah “Zola” King, a sex worker who shared a story of a falling-out between her and another woman, Jessica, on Twitter. The media picked up the 150+ tweets and began to embed them in their stories, using clickbait headlines (“Stop What You’re Doing and Read This Twitter Story Right Now”). While King didn’t mind the publicity, Jessica did, and it sparked a debate over embedding as an intellectual property issue.
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