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Washington Post suspends columnist for tweeting false information

Sports columnist Mike Wise suspended for a month after testing how fast a piece of misinformation co

The Washington Post on Tuesday suspended sports columnist Mike Wise for a month after he intentionally published false information on his Twitter account.

Wise said he made up the story and published it to test how fast a piece of misinformation could spread online.

The message put up on the microblogging site on Monday said that Ben Roethlisberger, an American footballer for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL), would be suspended for five games.

"Roethlisberger will get five games, I'm told," he tweeted.

Roethlisberger was, in fact, suspended for six games, not five, after he was accused of sexual assault in March. Recently, there had been speculation that the footballer may get his suspension reduced.

The sports columnist followed his initial post with three other posts. Wise said he regretted this "horrendous mistake" on a radio show on Tuesday.

A few hours after Wise's false story, The Post's sports editor Matthew Vita in an email to the staff reminded them that they were representing the newspaper when they were using social media, even if they were using their own account.