Unfounded rumors are an unfortunate byproduct of social media, where pretty much anyone can say anything they want.
One example comes from Raajje News, which tweeted the following false information, which saw nearly 1,100 retweets:
Hamilton cleared everything up with the following, which only saw two retweets:
Poynter shares three tips from this experience when it comes to dealing with rumors in social media:
1. Take the time to respond to and clear up the rumor
2. Don’t take too much time to let a rumor fester and spread
3. Bring in other sources to corroborate and elucidate the truth
For their full explanations, check out Poynter.org