CNN mocked over ‘trillion bytes of data’ headline on the Mueller investigation

CNN Is being mocked over this headline stating, “more than a trillion bytes of data related to the indicted Russian individuals and companies’ use of social media to influence the 2016 presidential election”:

Mueller’s office collected more than a trillion bytes of data related to the indicted Russian individuals and companies’ use of social media to influence the 2016 presidential election https://t.co/Pa9SrYbPVw pic.twitter.com/o2ZWSGsKN2

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 16, 2018

But since when is data measured this way?

Why would we measure it in bytes https://t.co/LZ0c6Aq8OE

— Tim Mak (@timkmak) May 16, 2018

Why not just say, over 1 terabyte of data which is they way everyone refers to this much information on a computer:

When you’d rather use a big number than a more informative unit of measurement (in this case, 1,000 gigabytes, or a terabyte) https://t.co/78iGSJinX5

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 17, 2018

“A billion bytes isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A trillion bytes.” https://t.co/DwkG819OSW

— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) May 16, 2018

This doesn’t serve CNN’s readers very well:

“a trillion bytes of data” is meaningless to most people. We should do better. https://t.co/CjQqSBWOGO

— Derek Willis (@derekwillis) May 16, 2018

It’s also not a lot of data:

So like 7 poorly done PDFs. https://t.co/MyMS6IdUK9

— Seth Masket (@smotus) May 17, 2018

And:

Ooh a whole terabyte? Or 1000 minutes of HD video. Come on guys. https://t.co/CCXDla8PDg

— Rob Eno (@Robeno) May 17, 2018

Oh come on with this headline. That’s one terabyte. I fill drives that size on the daily. https://t.co/mBEEmT0tIO

— Steven Rich (@dataeditor) May 16, 2018

You mean to say they got a TERABYTE of data? Wow they’d have to get the $12 a month plan on Google Drive to store all of that. https://t.co/jY85c7Aq05

— Matt Bevan 🎙 (@MatthewBevan) May 17, 2018

That’s … not a lot! My Xbox has more storage than that! https://t.co/UNIhJAbu9b

— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) May 17, 2018

That’s around 1 terabyte, or around 1000 GB.

Or, about the total storage in 5 iPhones.https://t.co/LJLWSR2Quq

— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) May 16, 2018

Now, we get what CNN was trying to get across that 1TB of just social media data is a lot of information for the lawyers to have to go through:

On one hand, yes, it’s a terabyte. That’s a cheap laptop hard drive in 2018.

On the other hand, a terabyte of social media related data is absolutely massive. https://t.co/wSwdLJfHEl

— Andrew Thaler (@DrAndrewThaler) May 16, 2018

And defense lawyers are accusing the prosecution of a “data dump”:

A terabyte is equivalent to 1 trillion bytes, and in this case represents hundreds of social media accounts.
The amount of data prosecutors have in the case will play into the attempt Concord Management has made to review all documents as soon as possible and force a trial by summer.

But CNN could have picked a better headline for that, right?

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