Athletes’ Twitter: A Credible News Source? (10/10)

This article evaluates ethical questions of using Twitter as a legitimate news source as well as what those implications are for audience impressions. It finds that the type of individual (e.g. athlete, celebrity, scientist) quoted on Twitter could impact their credibility. Additionally, it argues that because many professional athletes (among other celebrities) have a strong presence on Twitter, doubts are cast on the credibility of other purported “experts” that also maintain a presence on the platform. Essentially, professional athlete use of Twitter may contribute to the dilution its journalistic credibility.

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