This is a must read for people in the field of social media.
The “field” of information forensics has seen some interesting developments in recent weeks. Take the Verification Handbook or Twitter Lie-Detector project, for example. The Social Sensor project is yet another new initiative. In this blog post, I seek to make sense of these new developments and to identify where this new field may be going. In so doing, I highlight key insights from each initiative.
The co-editors of the Verification Handbook reminds us that misinformation and rumors are hardly new during disasters. Chapter 1 opens with the following account from 1934:
“After an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern India, it wasn’t long before word circulated that 4,000 buildings had collapsed in one city, causing ‘innumerable deaths.’ Other reports said a college’s main building, and that of the region’s High Court, had also collapsed.”
These turned out to be false rumors. The BBC’s User Generated Content (UGC) Hub would have been…
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