Track and Verify News with Emergent

news.discovery-dnews-files-2014-10-emergent-info-141007-670-jpg‘Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

‘Have a rumor we should be tracking? A source we should add to an existing story? Feedback to share? Email us.

‘You can view a list of rumors being tracked on the homepage, along with their current claim state (True, False, Unverified). Click on a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source. You can also click on individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article…’

For more detail about how Emergent works, check out the posts on our blog.


Here are 2 articles you can track and verify
How “Gamergate” Death Threats Forced A Game Developer From Her House
‘The misogynists and the bullies and the sadist trolls of patriarchal gaming culture threatened to murder me and rape my corpse, and I did not back down. They tried to target my company’s financial assets and I did not back down. They tried to impersonate me on Twitter in an attempt to professionally discredit me and I did not back down.

‘Today, I’m being targeted by a delusional mob called “Gamergate.”

‘If you don’t know what Gamergate is, my God do I envy you. Gamergate is basically a group of boys that don’t want girls in their videogame clubhouse. Only, instead of throwing rocks, they threaten to rape you. And, if that doesn’t work, they’ll secretly record your conversations and release the lurid details of your sex life in a public circus. From seeing the Gamergate mobs plan this on, it seems like they’re having a lot of fun…’


Are we overreacting to Twitter’s latest blog post?
Or are retweets-as-faves here to stay?
‘Many, understandably, read that to mean that Twitter is officially introducing these experiments to a wider audience. The Washington Post said, “Get ready for Tweets from people you don’t follow. Twitter thinks you’ll like them.” PC World said, “Twitter veers into Facebook territory with curated timelines for everyone.” The Guardian said, “The social network has confirmed that it’s no longer an experiment: it’s a standard feature.”

‘Sources familiar with the company’s strategy told me that’s not entirely true. The blended content experiment started a month or so ago around the time everyone starting complaining about faves-as-retweets. Nothing has changed since then. But Twitter wanted to better explain the philosophy of those experiments for the user, which led to today’s blog post…’


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