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Flight 1549 landing in the Hudson may be the point at which many people identified the role Twitter can play in distributing real time breaking news.
But Twitter also has great capacity to spread false information – but the community is to a large part self-governing and the self-correction can be savage.
UPDATE: More on this continues to emerge.
Consider Heidi Moore’s assessment of the @ComfortablySmug trolling and Craig Silverman’s later commentary over at Poynter.