Emergent: Real-Time Rumour Tracker

#Internet

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Emergent is a bullshit debunker. Curated by Craig Silverman from Columbia University, the project focuses on "how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media."

The Internet moves quickly. Rumors emerge, intentionally and not; they spread, intentionally and not. There’s a reason, of course, that “wildfire” is such a common metaphor when it comes to describing this stuff: Rumors, once sparked, don’t just spread extremely quickly; they are also extremely difficult to contain. And on top of everything else, it is extremely hard to predict which direction they’ll take as they spread.

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