CNN denies airing porn clip, fake news fears abound in US

Official statements from CNN and the cable operator stated that there was no such interruption of programming.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 26, 2016 2:37 pm
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In the aftermath of the US presidential elections, fake news has been touted as one of the major reasons why the Democrats lost the election. A recent incident of CNN allegedly airing porn on TV for 30 minutes is a striking case in point where unverified news got picked up very quickly. News outlets on Friday night reported that CNN aired a porn clip for 30 minutes in Boston in the place of a cooking show. The reports were largely based on tweets by user @solikearose who shared screenshots of the same as well. Major news outlets like Mashable, The New York Post, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Esquire and Variety published stories on the alleged airing of the porn clip.

Although CNN’s first response was about asking an explanation from cable operator RCN regarding the same, it later said in a statement, “Despite media reports to the contrary, RCN assures us that there was no interruption of CNN’s programming in the Boston area last night.”

Soon, RCN chimed in as well, “Regarding the reported  incident involving CNN in Boston, RCN has no evidence this occurrence took place on the CNN feed. We have not had  any other reports of this incident other than this single customer’s tweet. Our review of network operations and our call center phone logs during the last evening show no indications that this event occurred on the CNN feed. Only a technical review of the individual’s equipment involved could possibly ascertain how this might have occurred. We’ve confirmed that this one customer’s account is in proper working order.”

RCN responded to the user too on Twitter saying they hadn’t gotten any other complaints regarding the broadcasting and that they would troubleshoot it at home.

The user account @solikearose has now become private.

The official statements following the tweet indicate that the initial claim could be a hoax and that news organisations fell for a tweet. By not testing the veracity of the tweets in the first place, news outlets have increased the fear of fake news developing from social media and its large implications on the public.