BuzzFeed fired senior reporter Ryan Broderick after reporting late Friday evening that some of the website’s stories were suicidal or misrepresented from other sources.
The statement was made by Mark Schoofs, the new editor-in-chief of the website, describing 11 articles of the website updated and changed with Broderick’s editorial notes on Friday evening.
The “BuzzFeed News” policy is that nothing should be copied, pasted or forwarded as its own business, and all offers should be associated. In these cases, we are sorry that these standards are not met. ” Schoofs wrote. “BuzzFeed News apologizes to you, the reader, and the authors and news sources of the original work for these tours.”
Plagiarism scandals are nothing new for the cat and listicle focused website. In 2012, BuzzFeed senior editor Matt Stopera Gawker charged by the website “copying and pasting text pieces into lists without associating them”
Four years later, one of the site’s most famous viral editors, Benny Johnson, was also ignored after finding dozens of examples of plagiarism in his publications published in a published review.
“Benny is a friend, colleague and, at best, a creative force, but we had no choice but to let him go,” Ben Smith, chief editor of BuzzFeed. said.
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