Associated Press updates its social media guidelines

aplogoOne of AP’s updates says “staffers are advised to avoid spreading unconfirmed rumors through tweets and posts.” Also, there’s new guidance on handling breaking news that surfaces first on a public figure’s social media account. (“Before you quote from newsmaker’s tweets or posts, confirm who is managing the account. Is it the famous person? His or her handlers? A combination? Knowing the source of the information will help you determine just how newsworthy the tweet or post is and how to characterize it.”)

* AP Social Media Guidelines update (blog.ap.org)
* Social Media Guidelines for AP employees (ap.org)

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