Journalists believe that Elle magazine crossed the line into the fake news territory on Thursday when the Twitter of the publication "reported" that Kim Kardashian Y Kanye West They were "dividing."
The link did not lead to a juicy article about what would be the biggest celebrity divorce of the decade and, instead, it took curious Twitter users to a page that encourages people to register to vote. The reaction was instantaneous, with commentators in the media and beyond calling the tweet "trash" and challenging the publication to "do better".
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are splitting up 😱💔 https://t.co/epwKG7aSBg pic.twitter.com/u7qqojWVlR
– ELLE Magazine (United States) (@ELLEmagazine) October 18, 2018
BuzzFeed journalist, Ryan Mac, was among the marked journalists, responding in the "Delete this" tweet. Mashable editor Erin Strecker said the trick was "condescending," and CBS reporter Brittney Hopper said: "You give journalists a bad name, this is horrible, so unethical."
Yashir Ali, who has published dozens of important entertainment news for several publications, forwarded Elle's tweet with the comment: "When a random tweeter did this, it was smart, but now you're just stealing your tweet and spreading false news."
On the other hand, journalist Ashlee Marie Preston, who has written for several important publications, noted that she had the same idea before Elle. "Wow … it's official … Kim Kardashian finally decided to divorce Kanye West …", he wrote on Twitter on October 12 and linked him to www.Vote.gov.
See the elaboration of the reaction below.
When a random tweeter did this, it was smart, but now you're just stealing your tweet and also spreading false news. https://t.co/RDZg4bQsMc
– Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 18, 2018
OMG @ELLEmagazine -What reminds me of the moment … https: //t.co/gjbUpXeccp
– Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) October 18, 2018
Can not we do this? In addition to the fact that he directly derived this idea from an individual Twitter user, it is a real publication that people seek to inform the truth. This is not helping and, by the way, nobody is going to vote because they were deceived.
– Brittany Van Horne (@_brittanyv) October 18, 2018
You give journalists a bad name. This is horrible. So unethical.
– Brittney Hopper (@brittneytv) October 18, 2018
it's not fun
– Sally Shin (@sallyshin) October 18, 2018
This is patronizing. People can worry about more than one thing at a time!
– Erin Strecker (@ErinStrecker) October 18, 2018
I just want to go in the registry as hating this. If someone has to cheat you with celebrity clickbait to register to vote, maybe you should not vote https://t.co/hlY9gFhgJV
– Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) October 18, 2018
Taking advantage of the superficiality and stupidity of your readers to own the cons https://t.co/yc2gyJtzEM
– siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) October 18, 2018
Deceptive practices are generally frowned upon regarding election campaigns, by the way. https://t.co/dgefFPHrib
– Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) October 18, 2018
– Ira (@ira) October 18, 2018
Kim and Kanye are not separating, and Elle is cruelly spreading false news about someone else's marriage to try to get people to vote. This is bad. https://t.co/ng9cjXBlqU
– Amber Athey (@amber_athey) October 18, 2018
This is rubbish nonsense. Who do you think are getting with this? Guess what? One can be civic and interested in celebrity gossip. Do it better
– roxane gay (@rgay) October 18, 2018
Clickbait The link takes you to a web page to register to vote.
I have seen several Facebook posts that do the same with Kanye and Kim. https://t.co/xua8SQtrWJ
– Andrew Kugle (@AndrewJKugle) October 18, 2018
– Ryan Mac (@ RMac18) October 18, 2018
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