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
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. Source: Pewinternet.org