Black Twitter Calls Out Gawker

Black Twitter Calls Out Gawker

A writer at the popular website was accused of using plagiarized tweets to create an article

by The Root, July 31, 2013

Black Twitter Calls Out Gawker

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Lots of Black folks on Twitter have a problem with sites like Gawker, Jezebel and BuzzFeed. Many feel that the wildly popular news entertainment sites mine what has come to be known as "Black Twitter" for content, sometimes without citing or crediting the source of their ideas. In the midst of Twitter parties, someone always tweets something along the lines of "Now watch all of this end up on Gawker tomorrow." There was a mild riot on Twitter earlier today after someone accused Gawker of stealing content. Three days ago, Twitter user @TheWayOfTheId tweeted a series of clever tweets taking down the flawed media fixation with Black-on-Black crime and collected them via Storify.

On Tuesday she alleged that this piece by Gawker's Cord Jefferson borrowed very heavily from her tweets, at the very least.

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