Kotaku Shares Article Without Crediting Source; Updates Article Only After Getting Called Out By Creator DidYouKnowGaming

Kotaku Shares Article Without Crediting Source; Updates Article Only After Getting Called Out By Creator DidYouKnowGaming

Kotaku ran an article discussing efforts made by the F-Zero community who have unearthed two lost games from the series, BS F-Zero Grand Prix I and II. The community behind the efforts has made these games easily accessible to modern players, preserving them for a lifetime.

However, the problem behind this story is that Kotaku ran it without crediting the source of the information, YouTuber DidYouKnowGaming. In a statement shared to their X account, DYKG said, “Congratulations to @Kotaku for taking our story (& the exclusively obtained information from our video) without any acknowledgment to DYKG or linking to our video. We broke this story & worked with the team that made the mod to produce the video.”

They also added, “We know folks dunk on DYKG for what it was a decade ago, but these days we make every effort to credit sources & spotlight great work. It’s unthinkable to us that anyone could purposefully (this could not be an accident) leave out the source when reporting on something.”

Following the announcement, the article was updated to say, “Correction: 2/13/24, 2:10 p.m. ET: A previous version of this article neglected to acknowledge DidYouKnowGaming’s collaboration with the mod team to produce its video. Kotaku regrets the error.”

However, as of now, there hasn’t been a public apology from the company about sharing this information as if they were the source. Considering how small many of the YouTube communities are, this could have been overlooked, with readers of the outlet assuming Kotaku was the source. It’s for this reason that I feel we should call this sort of behavior out. It goes without question that the view of journalism is declining, and it’s stuff like this makes that more justifiable as journalist rely on and, in this case, steal the work of others to craft their stories. We need to be better.

We’ve pinned DYKG’s video to the top of the article, please enjoy it.

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