As we all know the internet is probably the most prolific conveyor of rumours in the universe!
Well Craig Silverman (a fellow with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University) is researching this seriously and is on a mission “ …to conduct research into how news organizations deal with rumours and unconfirmed information, and to identify best practices for how journalists can debunk misinformation.
The result will be a research paper published in 2015, which will be available for free online. I will also be a launching a public-facing website where anyone can view the data being collected for the project.”
The website is Emergent.info where you can check up on many of the latest rumours to ascertain their status in terms of True, False, Unverified.
You can also click on:
- a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source.
- individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article.
You can also even tweet your “unconfirmed reports” @EmergentDotInfo and get updates on current rumours status.
UPDATE: New York Times (the Upshot) article – Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online