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Verify This Week (7/2014)

Verify This Week (7/2014)
Linda Rath-Wiggins

Every week, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification processes of content from social media. Here is our list for this week.



False Rumours Of President Kagame’s Death
A fake post on Facebook claimed that the Rwandan President Kagame was dead. It very quickly led to celebrations in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This article depicts how it all seems to have started with a “post on Facebook – possibly taken from a spoof obituary website – which was then printed off and handed round residents”. This example again undermines the relevance of verification, and do so as meticulously as possible.
Source: BBC


Verifying Content: ‘How-To’-Guides and Case Studies
Josh Stearns, Press Freedom Director, has collected a bundle of great links related to verifying content. He focuses on tutorials and case studies that you might also want to check out.
Source: Josh Stearns’ Blog “Groundswell


Check Out #twutorials
This post provides some basic methods on how to verify information from tweets. It starts with evaluating Twitter sources, then evaluating the context, and finishes with considering crowdsourcing. Buttry points out: “As with all the other information you gather, you can verify lots of different ways, and no single technique works for everything.”
Source: Steve Buttry’s Blog “The Buttry Diary”


Mapping Twitter Topic Networks
Various conversational structures on Twitter can lead to a number of networks. A Twitter user being part of a specific network might hint to a trusted account, so this is very important when we speak about verification. This article discusses conversational archetypes on Twitter that focus on political discourse. It is claimed claim that with the help of NodeXL, six different kinds of network crowds or structures can regularly be observed.


Fake photos of protests

Fake images seem to be a “symptom of the social media frenzy that accompanies any large protest these days”. In this article by Eliza Mackintosh you can find a number of examples depicting fake photos related to the Brazil protests in 2013, a human chain in Catalonia of the same year, a Jakarta security drill in 2009 and more examples.

Source: Global Post



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