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Credibility and consequences vexing both Twitter and users

By Gerry Shih  /  Reuters, SAN FRANCISCO


Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo told an Online News Association gathering last autumn that Twitter’s primary responsibility was to create a platform, rather than to play an editorial role in determining which tweets people should see.

“A company trying to build media is creating or curating content, and that’s not the kind of company we’re creating,” Costolo said.

Gillmor said Twitter did not need to guarantee the quality or veracity of its content in order to grow into a media juggernaut.

“It’s not whether Twitter is credible or not, it’s what people do with it,” he said. “Every news organization feels it has no alternative but to use Twitter. But everyone at the traditional news organizations has to be thinking really hard about what that means, from whether the security is sufficient on these third-party platforms to what it means to be turning part of your stuff over to new kinds of publishers.”

Additional reporting by Jennifer Saba, Ryan Vlastelica,

Caroline Valetkevitch and Alina Selyukh

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