July 2, 2009
Posted: 09:33 AM ET
After a string of real celebrity deaths last week, the Internet and online social networks killed a few more stars.
Despite what you may have read, Jeff Goldblum, Natalie Portman, George Clooney, Britney Spears, Harrison Ford and Rick Astley are alive.
Fake news of their deaths flew across the Internet - particularly on online social networks like Twitter and Facebook - after Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon were reported dead.
The situation is calling attention to the changing state of the news media: As information online moves faster and comes from more sources, it's more difficult to verify what's true and what may be shockingly false.
Some have downplayed the situation, saying the rumors are not harmful. Others find the situation offensive in light of the actual deaths last week.
Internet-savvy readers can tell the difference between fake news and real information that has been verified by a trusted blogger or mainstream news reporter, said Gabriel Snyder, managing editor at Gawker, a celebrity news and gossip blog not associated with the rumors.
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