Twitter After a Disaster: Is It Reliable?

Can you trust Twitter in a disaster?Researchers at Yahoo analyzed tweets after the Chilean earthquake earlier this year and found evidence that the Twitter community works like a “collaborative filter,” questioning reports that turn out to be fake and confirming those that are true.Lately the microblogging service has been a source of news after catastrophes such as earthquakes. It’s quick and easy and can be a direct conduit from eyewitnesses to the outside world. But like anything else coming from unsubstantiated sources, news from Twitter faces big questions of credibility.

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