Guardian Riot rumours: how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis

Mick West

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This interactive article shows how false claims can spread on twitter, and how the facts eventually beat them down.

This is a great illustration of how pre-emptive debunking is important, to stop bunk from establishing a foothold as early as possible.

Pick a story, then move the timeline slider to see the story explode in the twittersphere, and the anti-story follow to stamp it out. It's very evocative of some kind of viral growth.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/interactive/2011/dec/07/london-riots-twitter
 
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