Poynter | Social media editor role expands to include fighting misinformation during breaking news


The buzzwords for social media editors at news outlets are conversation, curation and collaboration. But when using Twitter and its ilk to collect and disseminate news in real-time, another word is becoming just as important: corroboration.

…(Social media editors are) finding that it’s not enough simply to share accurate information. They also must try to stem the flow of inaccurate information.

They become debunking editors, real-time Snopes who cast a skeptical eye on the dramatic photo that’s making the rounds. Even if they decide that something is a hoax, simply declining to share it isn’t enough.

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