With recent news regarding the EgyptAir plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea, everyone has an opinion and something to say about the tragedy via social media.
It’s the same pattern we see with any plane crash (such as the Malaysian Airlines disappearance) or crisis in general—misinformation often spreads quickly because it is disseminated via faux journalists on social media who have no concrete facts.
Writer and economist Mohamed El Dahshan came out with a handy and hilarious chart to combat this.
Titled “How to Write/Tweet about a plane crash (or any crisis really)” it boils down to the point that unless you are sharing information from known, reliable news sources, you should really keep those fingers off the keyboard.
Dahshan talked to BuzzFeed News, explaining his reasoning behind the chart: “Some armchair analysts just love to pass for serious pundits, pontificating with absolutely zero knowledge on the subject. People I personally know know nothing about the matter. And some readers will read, retweet, and spread their nonsense,” he said.
“I’m Egyptian and have spent more than a decade in France. The Paris-Cairo route is one I’ve taken more often than I can count. I cannot imagine how the families of the victims must feel when they read the torrent of half-assed theories spoken by unabashed morons gunning for retweets,” he added.
Dahshan is absolutely right—in the absence of information, false facts should not be concocted just to garner those valuable retweets.
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