07 Mar '12, 2pm

MT @chrismooney_: Can Geeks Defeat Lies? A report from #truthicon

on falsehoods and, um, truthoods that trend on Twitter. He’s studied which lies persist, which die quickly, which never catch fire—and why. To stop falsehoods in their tracks, he advocates a “hybrid” approach to monitoring Twitter lies—combining the efforts of man and machine. “We can use algorithmic methods to quickly identify and track emerging events,” he writes . “Model specific keywords that tend to show up around breaking news events (think “bomb”, “death”) and identify deviations from the norm. At the same time, it’s important to have humans constantly verifying information sources, part based on intuition, and part by activating their networks.”

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/can-geeks-defeat-lies-thoughts-...

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