I’m going to get straight to some social-proof here because once you explore the following websites, and read through some of the recommended reading, you’ll understand just how vital fact checking is before posting sourced content on social media. If you have any questions, connect with me on LinkedIn, post on my Facebook wall or Tweet me.

Bellingcat – an investigate current events website using open source information such as videos, maps and pictures to report in facts, what is often misreported by Governments and the media. Bellingcat’s aim is to unite citizen investigative journalists to use open source information to report on issues that are being ignored . . . Bellingcat will be an extension of founder Eliot Higgin’s work on the Brown Moses blog

READ: How citizen journalists tap SILK, a new data visualisation platform to tell under-reported stories. 

VIEW: Bellingcat’s SILK tracking the movements of Russian military equipment that might be related to the Ukraine conflict, by collecting sightings from social media into a database which can be mined for new insights.

StopFake – Fact-checking website Stopfake.org was launched on March 2, 2014 by alumni and students of Mohyla School of Journalism and of the Digital Future of Journalism professional program for journalists and editors. At a later stage, the initial team was joined by many journalists, marketing specialists, programmers, translators and all those who care about the fate of our country and its people.The main purpose of this community is to check facts, verify information, and refute distorted information and propaganda about events in Ukraine covered in the media.

READ: Mashable – StopFake.org is like a ‘Snopes’ for the Ukraine

READ:  Barely 90 days after launch, StopFake is reaching 1.5 million unique visitors a month and bringing social media verification to a conflict being fought both on land and online.

Emergent – Emergent is a real-time rumour 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 best practices for debunking misinformation. Read more about the research here.


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