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

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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.

Read the full piece at poynter.org

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