Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Step Three: Cross-Reference Locations from User Profiles and Smart Phone Messages

After you have determined a sources location based off of information found on their user profiles and the location listed on a social media message, you need to cross–reference these two locations.

In the third step for authenticating a sources location, you need to ask, are the locations in the sources user profile and social media message the same?

  • If the locations differ, than the source was probably not located where the information you are verifying occurred, and is a secondary or tertiary source.
  • If the locations match, then the source is probably a primary source, and requires one last step of investigation.