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Don't Tweet a Reaction to the News Before You've Read It

In 2011, Ashton Kutcher indadvertedly caused a social media controversy when he tweeted support for disgraced Penn State coach Joe Paterno after the football legend had been fired over his alleged inaction in responding to reports that his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, had sexually abused children. Ashton quickly tweeted an apology, writing, "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn't have full story." He also later explained that he had only heard that Joe had been fired and, with no other information, had assumed it was something football-related.

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