AP cautions reporters on fake Twitter accounts

by Curtis Lee Fulton

The AP cautions its reporters on fake Twitter accounts in the new Social Media Guidelines for AP Employees:

You must never simply lift quotes, photos or video from social networking sites and attribute them to the name on the profile or feed where you found  the material. 

Fake accounts are rampant in the social media world and can appear online within minutes of a new name appearing in the news. Examine the details to determine whether the page could have just as easily been created by somebody else.