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#Tip: Process and tools for finding and verifying UGC

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One of the ongoing challenges for online journalists is how to effectively find and verify content shared on social media platforms, particularly in breaking news situations where people are looking for accurate information, and fast.

The BBC’s UGC and social media hub is responsible for doing just that, and in a detailed post on the BBC Academy website today assistant editor of the department Trushar Barot breaks down the processes the team carries out to find and verify content, as well as some of the tools they use along the way. He also addresses how the team will try to verify content where they will not be able to reach the creator.

For more on this subject you can also take a look at our guide on social media verification from last year.

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  • scrivenerNP

    This veteran journalist four years ago exposed a U.S. celltower radio frequency directed energy neuroweapon grid (U.S. Pat. 7629918, Raytheon), camouflaged as “surveillance”, being heinously used to silently torture, impair, subjugate, harm and even slow-kill extrajudicially targeted “dissidents” and “undesirables.” (In the U.K., it’s called TETRA). No government or corporate official has come forward to challenge my reporting. Nor will any official publicly confirm my reporting — for obvious reasons. Thusfar, only Examiner.com has picked up my exclusive. Your operation cannot “verify” a classified program that arguably represents the worst high-tech atrocities directed at a civilian population since Nazi Germany. Do you see the flaw in your logic? Here is a link to my article: viclivingston.blogspot.com/2011/12/u.html

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