PEJ New Media Index: Hacking Scandal Tops Twitter for a Second Week

Jul 22, 2011

The intensifying phone hacking scandal enveloping Rupert Murdoch's media empire was the top story on Twitter for the second week in a row, with Twitter users once again aiming sharp criticism at the media mogul's company.

For the week of July 11-15, 19% of the news links on Twitter were about the scandal, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. While still the top story, that is down considerably from the previous week when the subject accounted for 53% of news links-more attention than any topic has generated in the NMI in the past 10 months.

Twitter users commenting on the scandal showed little sympathy for Murdoch or his employees. "My condolences to the #NOTW workers who've lost their jobs. I'm off to hack their relatives' phones to see how they're coping," wrote Fort Knox.

Read the full report, Hacking Scandal Tops Twitter for a Second Week, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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