The Strange Story Of Tracey Z And The Nurses Who Never Died

from OffGuardian

A case study in social media misinformation

Last month a twitter user called Traceyz18 tweeted out the following message:

I feel so upset. 2 nurses who were in ITU [intenstive therapy unit] in Swansea have died today. 3 more still ventilated. All from the same unit. My heart is breaking.

This would be very sad, if true. But, as it turns out, it is not – the official twitter of Swansea’s NHS trust actually responded:

This is incorrect. We have not had any nurse deaths in our ITU department and your tweet is causing anxiety.

Here’s a screencap of the original exchange (we can’t embed the tweets, for reasons which will shortly become apparent): … Continue reading >>>
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