When facts are fluid
Emerging best practices to verify
information on social media

Alfred Hermida
University of British C...
Verification:
The essence
of journalism
Kovach and
Rosenstiel, 2001

Photo: Flood G http://www.flickr.com/photos/_flood_/
Accuracy:
A persistent issue

Photo: Ines Njers http://www.flickr.com/photos/inesnjers/
Systemic verification
Message-based analysis
User-based analysis

Topic-based analysis
Propagation-based analysis
Systemic verification
Message-based analysis
User-based analysis

Topic-based analysis
Propagation-based analysis
Fake!
Systemic verification
Message-based analysis
User-based analysis

Topic-based analysis
Propagation-based analysis
BBC golden rule
Contact the source
Surge of new
Twitter accounts

Photo: Rebecca Hildreth http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeccahildreth/
Systemic verification
Message-based analysis
User-based analysis

Topic-based analysis
Propagation-based analysis
London riots:
Social media
blamed

Photo: Mack Male http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastermaq/
Questioning messages

Photo: Claudio Jofré Larenas http://www.flickr.com/photos/nazgulhead/
Systemic verification
Message-based analysis
User-based analysis

Topic-based analysis
Propagation-based analysis
Speed of
diffusion

Photo: Rebecca Hildreth http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeccahildreth/
Spotting dirty tricks

Photo: Martha Coakley
Sorting fact from fiction

Photo: Patrick Hoesly http://www.flickr.com/photos/zooboing/
Thank
you
When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media
When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media
When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media
When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media
When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media
When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media
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My keynote to the JEAA annual conference on December 3, 2013, in Mooloolaba. Based on research for my forthcoming book, Tell Everyone: How what we share shapes what we know

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    1. 1. When facts are fluid Emerging best practices to verify information on social media Alfred Hermida University of British Columbia @hermida Photo: Robert Croma http://www.flickr.com/photos/croma/ JEAA, December 3, 2013
    2. 2. Verification: The essence of journalism Kovach and Rosenstiel, 2001 Photo: Flood G http://www.flickr.com/photos/_flood_/
    3. 3. Accuracy: A persistent issue Photo: Ines Njers http://www.flickr.com/photos/inesnjers/
    4. 4. Systemic verification Message-based analysis User-based analysis Topic-based analysis Propagation-based analysis
    5. 5. Systemic verification Message-based analysis User-based analysis Topic-based analysis Propagation-based analysis
    6. 6. Fake!
    7. 7. Systemic verification Message-based analysis User-based analysis Topic-based analysis Propagation-based analysis
    8. 8. BBC golden rule Contact the source
    9. 9. Surge of new Twitter accounts Photo: Rebecca Hildreth http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeccahildreth/
    10. 10. Systemic verification Message-based analysis User-based analysis Topic-based analysis Propagation-based analysis
    11. 11. London riots: Social media blamed Photo: Mack Male http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastermaq/
    12. 12. Questioning messages Photo: Claudio Jofré Larenas http://www.flickr.com/photos/nazgulhead/
    13. 13. Systemic verification Message-based analysis User-based analysis Topic-based analysis Propagation-based analysis
    14. 14. Speed of diffusion Photo: Rebecca Hildreth http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeccahildreth/
    15. 15. Spotting dirty tricks Photo: Martha Coakley
    16. 16. Sorting fact from fiction Photo: Patrick Hoesly http://www.flickr.com/photos/zooboing/
    17. 17. Thank you

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