Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test with Nepal Earthquake
Shortly after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, social media services lit up with unverified reports of people trapped and buildings damaged. But how could humanitarian organizations know where to respond first? How could they know which accounts were actually true?
To weed out false rumors that can waste precious time, Justine Mackinnon has enlisted some local volunteers to use an experimental Web tool to crowdsource rumor verification as quickly as possible.