Accuracy was, is and always will play a huge role in social media. We are living in a day in age where everyone can be a journalist or reporter in his or her own way. No longer are we seeing news solely come from big networks, but from individuals. Majority of people have a camera at their fingertips, and with a click, can have the latest breaking story. The troublesome part that is associated with these new phenomena is accuracy.
When you see news online, many people (including myself) still look to validate the news with a reputable news network. The reason being is that they are using their name and putting their reputation on the line with every piece of news they release. If news is released from an individual who is in no way a journalist or working for a media outlet, they stand to lose very little. This poses a major problem, especially on social media where people can “share” these types of stories almost instantaneously.
This has brought about a new rise in “fact-checking,” because as much as we love news, we hate falsehood. Luckily, we are given a few tools that we can use to validate these potentially faux stories.
Twitter brings about a novel way of determining the validity of accounts with their “blue verified badge.” This tells the users that Twitter has put their reputation on the line with giving the account this badge. These accounts are usually the ones who have made a name in their given field and people look to them as a reputable and accurate source of information.
Reverse image searching can also assist in verifying where, when and why an image was posted. Sites like TinEye allow you to upload an image that will then be searched by the database to find out any other locations and information on the image. This can assist greatly so you can see if the image you are viewings is in fact “real” or “accurate.”
Accuracy will always remain a part of social media (at least in the near future), because the majority of social platforms don’t “prohibit” or “claim responsibility,” for inaccurate information. I feel it is up to the consumers of these networks to be on the lookout, check and verify certain stories before we spread them on. As with the Internet, you can’t believe everything you see…but we can control what we do as individuals to keep these platforms integral.