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CNN published an article concerning Twitter practices while at work after an ABC reporter tweeted President Obama’s off the record remarks about Kanye West’s remarks at the VMA’s. The exact tweet was: “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at the VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”

The reporter responsible for the tweet was affiliated with ABC and heard the comment off the record while CNBC was conducting their own interview. So the questions being raised are these: is it a reflection of ABC as a whole even if the reporter posted it on an individual Twitter page? Was the reporter allowed to tweet an off-the-cuff response of the President? And is tweeting considered formally publishing something?

The reporter was completely in the wrong to use Twitter as an outlet for President Obama’s response. I think that journalists should be held to the same standard in their social media practices as they would in a formal article.

CNN also brings up new employee policies on social media that different corporations are making. IBM suggests that their employees always tweet in first person, so that no one would confuse their tweets as a reflection of IBM as a whole. A smart move on IBM’s part but this is maybe a little extreme. Are people really taking what we tweet that seriously?