In September 2009, for example, [the German Press Agency] DPA ran a story that a German rap group, the Berlin Boys, had mounted a suicide attack on a small town called Bluewater in the United States. The story was backed up by the group’s Internet site, the KVPK television news site and a page in Wikipedia. It was later discovered that neither the town, nor the group, nor the television company existed. DPA called a press conference to apologise.
Agence France-Press (the AFP) releases new social media guidelines but warns its reporters and editors that verification is still pretty important to pursue.