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The Mail Online Oxford Circus Coverage Was Based On A Tweet From Two Weeks Ago

A timely reminder to check the timestamps before reporting tweets.

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Like in all breaking news situations, many news organisations rushed to Twitter for eyewitness accounts, videos and pictures of the evacuation.

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Except, one problem, that Dan Smallbone's tweet was sent 10 days ago.

#oxfordstreet There is a lorry stopped on the pavement in Oxford street, police all around it and blood on the floo… https://t.co/HqQl6gQqOK

On that day, the Evening Standard reported a window cleaner had fallen to the footpath, where a lorry was parked nearby.

The Mail Online later deleted the paragraph and the 10-day-old tweet from its breaking news story from the event.

Officers were later stood down, with authorities saying that members of the public could now leave their buildings.

It's a timely reminder to report verified information and eyewitness accounts from the right day in order not to spread panic.

If you are on #OxfordStreet go into a building and stay inside until further direction. Avoid travelling to the Oxf… https://t.co/ZVaOb732eC


Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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