COVID-19 Social Monitoring Toolkit

provided by Fathm


Making sense of social stories

As reporters scour social media for original UGC that shines a spotlight on narratives about COVID-19 that are pertinent yet untold, they need to be mindful not to transgress ethical boundaries. This also holds true for fact-checkers who might be using UGC or content from another publication to debunk fabricated content. In the section below we offer some insights into how you can avoid ethical and legal issues while republishing content as well as producing debunks in an effective way.

Debunk Best Practices

This image is clear and concise — explaining that the viral image is false, and using the text of the tweet to explain the real context.

This clip debunks a viral video. It explains the original context of the video, and why users should be careful before they share content like this — as it's often old.

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Clearing Rights

* Once you have verified the content and validated it as genuine you need to seek permission from the owner(s) to re-use/publish their content.
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