Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

In this step you are looking at the social network of the source. In this context you are looking at their friends and the people and groups they are interacting with online. By examining who the source is interacting with you are gaining a better understanding of their views.

Social media outlets have different means of information sharing and interaction with networks. When examining a source’s network it is important to ask specific questions as they pertain to a certain social media outlet.

Social Media Outlet Questions to Ask When Looking at a Source’s NETWORK
Facebook
  • Who are their friends?
  • Whose posts are they commenting on?
  • Who do they reach out and write to?
  • Whose comments are they reposting?
Balatarin
  • What is the topic of the post?
  • What is the original news source?
  • Who is commenting on the post?
  • Who are they following?
  • Whose posts are they voting on frequently?
Twitter
  • What are they tweeting about?
  • What are the topics they are engaging on?
  • Who are they re-tweeting?
  • Who are they following?
  • Who are the people that they are interacting with?
LinkedIn
  • Where has this person worked?
  • Who has recommended this person?
  • Who are the people in their network?
  • Who are the people that they have worked for?
Blogs
  • What blogs or websites are they posting on?
  • Whose blogs are they re-posting?
  • What are they writing about?