Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Social media authentication refers to the use of social networks to identify or validate the source of information. If you are still unsure about the source's reliability, you can use:

  • Your own social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) to find out if anyone in your network knows about the source; or
  • The broader online community to find out the reliability of the source. For example, you can Tweet, “Does anyone know about this person/account?”
  • Ask your offline network if they know the source.