False report on Proposition 8 being overturned lights up Twitter
The Twitter world has been abuzz today over a false report that the California Supreme Court had overturned Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
Here’s what seems to have happened: Some Twitter readers came across an archived Los Angeles Times story from a year ago, assumed it was breaking news and started sending it out on Twitter. A Times Web producer noticed the traffic and intended to send a Twitter message telling people that the story was a year old but instead copy and pasted an incorrect headline along with the Times logo.
The court's ruling on Prop. 8 is expected in the next few weeks. Full Times coverage of the gay marriage fight is here.
-- Shelby Grad