The Emergent app works by combing through social media and news websites using a variety of feeds, alerts and filters, and then enter claims that need debunking into the database and assign a “truthiness” rating that marks each report as supporting the claim, debunking it or simply repeating it.
An algorithm then takes over, and watches the URLs of the stories or posts entered into the database to see whether the content has been changed (updated with a correction or some evidence that suggests it’s true or false). If there’s enough evidence, the status of the claim is changed, but that decision is always made by a human.
‘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.
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