Rumors Swirl Around NBA Champs - Suggest They Will Refuse White House Visit

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question surrounding the newly-christened NBA Champs, the Golden State Warriors, and it has everything to do with whether or not the team will head to the White House for a visit in honor of their accomplishment. While a number of outlets are reporting that the team will skip it as some sort of protest against President Donald Trump, a statement from the team indicates that no decision has been made - and that no invitation has even been extended as of yet.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, the rumor spread like wildfire on social media, and it was traced back to a single tweet.

“NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports,” shared Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management and CNBC contributor.

Since it was posted on social media, it must be true! Users grabbed a hold of Brown’s tweet and shared it ad nauseam, and before you knew it, this story was being viewed as a stone-cold fact. Eventually, the Warriors were forced to issue a statement in response.

“Today is about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions, when and if necessary,” the statement read.

Simple enough. Nothing to see here as of yet, and everyone can move on with their lives. But how did this even get started in the first place? Inquiring minds wanted to know, and users began to press Brown for details on his report.

“Yes, that's true, but he said "per reports" and I can't find them. just curious as to the origin,” wrote one user.

“Just repeated a few other verified users on twitter who had said it early this morning. I have no idea if its true, hence “per reports,” Brown replied.

Ah. That explains it. Brown saw a post, and he deemed it to be totally legitimate based on the fact that it was shared by verified users. Because no one ever boosts their followers on social media to achieve verified status, right? Anyone with such a designation must be chock full of nothing but facts, right? As Brown and others have learned, the answer is "no" on both counts.

In fairness to Brown and other users, something that has gained a serious amount of traction can appear to be perfectly legitimate at first glance. However, there’s a valuable lesson here that all social media users can follow. If you see facts and claims flying around that aren’t linked to some kind of confirmed report, then your best course of action is to dig a little deeper to see what you can find out.

It may be true, but then again - as in this case - it may not be true. You can verify things pretty quickly if you’re willing to exert a little effort, and you won’t walk away feeling foolish for sharing something that’s later debunked. If you’re not sure, simply don’t share it, and your followers will come to expect that the things that you share are always above board as a result.

Source: Independent Journal Review
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