Thursday, November 01, 2012

How Truth and Lies Spread on Twitter - Businessweek

A timely case study in information responsibility; also see How Hurricane Sandy Slapped the Sarcasm Out of Twitter (NYT)
"No matter what, no decentralized network like Twitter or Facebook will be totally free from misinformation, says Jeff Jarvis, associate professor at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. But, he adds, “The lie can spread fast, but the truth can spread faster, too.” He provides his own experience with Hurricane Sandy as an example. “As I scroll down in reverse order on Twitter, I see correction after correction. I see 10 times as many corrections as erroneous reports. And the time between them is amazingly small.”"
How Truth and Lies Spread on Twitter - Businessweek
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