Author and journalist Craig Silverman looks at the explosion of online hoaxes, rumors and misinformation all around us — but one of the most powerful factors behind this trend is that many people don’t care whether what they share is true or not
Everyone complains about how social media is full of hoaxes and inaccuracies in the aftermath of a breaking-news event like the shooting down of Malaysian Flight MH17, but we all have the ability to fact-check the news. Here are some resources to do so
Real-time verification of breaking news increasingly involves the use of crowdsourcing and other social tools, and both Storyful and Reddit’s Syrian civil war forum are good examples of how to do it properly and effectively
Using a Google+ group and an open Twitter account, Storyful is trying to build a crowdsourced “open newsroom” that can help verify user-generated content in real time during events like the war in Syria.
Boston startup ByteLight’s ultimate goal is to turn a store’s lighting fixtures into a communications network, but for now it’s starting out small. It’s developed a countertop LED reader that can communicate with any camera phone.
As with so many other news events, there was plenty of speculation and misinformation flowing on Twitter about the crash of an airplane at San Francisco airport — but for better or worse, that is just the way the news works now.
Facebook is rolling out a verification feature for celebrities and prominent public figures, mimicking Twitter’s popular feature that indicates famous users on the site.
Whenever a breaking news event leads to errors on Twitter, critics suggest that the service needs some kind of built in correction or editing mechanism — but adding one would not only be complicated, it would also be unwise.