Posted by: bluesyemre | October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and Twitter as a self-cleaning oven for news

Citizen journalism

  • A half hour of CNN watching provides less information than reading a good set of Twitter feeds for 5 minutes

By now, most people have gotten used to the idea that Twitter becomes a kind of real-time newswire during events like Hurricane Sandy: a never-ending stream of news reports and photos, thanks in part to services like Instagram, and for some people at least a crucial lifeline of information during power outages. Can you believe everything you read during such an event? Clearly not, since there were innumerable false reports and fake photos circulating on Monday night. But what’s interesting isn’t that there was fake news — it’s how quickly those fakes were exposed and debunked, not just by Twitter users themselves but by an emerging ecosystem of blogs and social networks working together.

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