chapter  5
15 Pages

Filtering Fact from Fiction: A Verifi cation Framework for Social Media

ByAlfred Hermida

The photo spoke volumes about the human cost of war. It showed neat rows of shrouded bodies, as a child jumped over one of the rows. The picture was published by the BBC News website on its report of the killing of at least 90 people, 32 of them children under the age of 10, in the Syrian region of Houla in May 2012 (BBC 2012). Supposedly, it was a visceral record of the barbarity of the Syrian confl ict. But it wasn’t. A Getty photographer had taken the photo in Iraq almost a decade earlier.