- Craig Silverman, Regret the Error/Columbia Journalism Review @craigsilverman
- Mandy Jenkins, Huffington Post @mjenkins
B.S. Detection for Digital Journalists
Accuracy is fundamental to what we do, but it’s a challenge to verify information when it flows at digital warp speed from so many sources. Get specific tools, advice and strategies to master the art of online verification. Learn how to verify a tweet, evaluate if a website is credible and check the accuracy of your own work.
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How long a Twitter account has been active can be one clue to account credibility. Check it out at How long have they been tweeting?
Use these browser extensions to learn more about people on the web:
- HoverMe for Chrome
View the social web profile for a Twitter account by mousing over a profile picture. See links to the person’s other profiles on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Delicious.
- Identify for Firefox
Combines identities across various social network sites and provides you with a profile about an individual.
This website isn’t foolproof said Craig Silverman, but you should check ErrorLevelAnalysis for edits to photos.
One way to verify that the event happened and that this person took the image: Ask to see all the photos or videos taken before and after. – Craig Silverman
Anthony De Rosa gets a T-shirt for mentioning that Storyful does verification of social media elements.
“When you put that correction out there, one isn’t enough,” said Craig Silverman. “The correction should go as viral as the original tweet.”