Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Introduction

Determining if the source of your information is authentic is the first step in your verifying strategy. You need to confirm that where your information comes from is reliable. The goal of this lesson is to teach you how to authenticate the source of crowdsourced information, specifically from online social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter as well as personal websites and blogs.

In this lesson, you will learn how to authenticate and verify the credibility of the source of information by looking at the following:

  • Social Media Identity
  • Content on Social Media
  • Social Media Network
  • Influence
  • Location
  • Language
  • Timing
  • Media Authentication
  • Direct Engagement
  • Social Media Engagement

If you can authenticate the source, then this may be sufficient to trust its content. However, if determining the source’s authenticity proves difficult, then you need to verify the content and cross-reference that information with the context of the source.