BuzzFeed has stopped senior reporter Ryan Broderick following information surfaced late Friday evening a number of his stories to the site was plagiarized or wrongly imputed from different resources.
The revelation has been made late Friday evening from the site’s brand new editor-in-chief Mark Schoofs, who recognized 11 posts by Broderick that was upgraded and amended with notes.
“It’s BuzzFeed News’ coverage that nothing could be copied, pasted, and passed away as one’s own work, and that all quotations must be blamed. We regret that in such cases those criteria weren’t fulfilled,” Schoofs wrote. “BuzzFeed News apologizes for these lapses, both for you, the reader, as well as the writers of the work along with their news outlets.”
Plagiarism scandals are nothing new for your cat- and – listicle-focused site. In 2012, BuzzFeed senior editor Matt Stopera had been enticed by the site Gawker of”copying and pasting chunks of text to lists without any attribution.”
Four decades after, among the website’s most famous viral editors, Benny Johnson, was also ousted following an internal review found heaps of cases of plagiarism throughout his printed articles.
“Benny is a friend, colleague, and, in his finest, a creative power, however, we had no option aside from letting him move,” BuzzFeed’s afterward editor-in-chief Ben Smith said at that moment.