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    Maybe an important lesson for Claiborne who also seems to have a "need for speed"?
    Meet The Italian Schoolteacher Whose Twitter Hoaxes Dupe The World Over And Over And Over Again

    You may have seen our earlier debunking of a fake Twitter account that was announcing the death of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

    By day, De Benedtti, 43, is a mild-mannered Italian and history grammar school teacher in Rome who shows up to major interviews with his young children.

    By night, he has managed to fool the world's most important news outlets with fake emails and Twitter accounts, an ongoing project he says is designed to highlight flaws in modern news sourcing.

    In an interview with the Guardian (itself a victim of his hoaxes) last March, Tommaso De Benedetti explained his motives.

    "Social media is the most unverifiable information source in the world but the news media believes it because of its need for speed," he said.

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