It Wasn't CNN That Wrongly Reported Gotye's Suicide
Erroneous Crowd Sourced CNN iReport
July 3, 2012 at 3:54 AM (PT)
YESTERDAY's story (NET NEWS 7/1) citing CNN as reporting GOTYE being forced to deny reports that he had committed suicide, was not entirely accurate. The report that "At 4:32a EST, it was reported that GOTYE had shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun. He was pronounced dead at 4.45a, and the investigation concluded that the cause of death was suicide," was, in fact, broadcast by a member of CNN's social network, iREPORT.
CNN WORLDWIDE Sr. Dir./Public Relations MATTHEW J. DORNIC explained to ALL ACCESS, "The source was actually one fraudulent member of the more than one million members of CNN's social network for news -- CNN iREPORT. On iREPORT, we invite people around the world to post stories, photos and videos that they think deserve attention from a wider news audience. Everything that's posted receives a very visible 'Not Vetted for CNN' banner, and a team of moderators reviews the posted content and pulls material that is flagged by the community as in violation of iREPORT's Community Guidelines. The vetting process involves fact-checking and verifying the details of a story. When a story is approved, the 'Not Vetted for CNN' bar disappears and is replaced by a red 'CNN iREPORT' bug that lets the community know a story has been verified. In the case of the GOTYE piece, a fraudulent member posted it under their handle and our moderators pulled the story down minutes later. This story did not appear on any of CNN's editorial platforms or via cable news broadcasts."
We appreciate the explanation, and apologize for mistakenly sourcing CNN as having aired the report. It does however, point out the dangers of crowd-sourcing the news.