|Picture send by @Kailuland to @112madrid |
showing a crack in Peñalara (Madrid)
Only yesterday a citizen called @kaikuland sent a message via Twitter,with some pictures, to Madrid Emergency Service, @112cmadrid, warning about deep cracks (up to eight meters) on the snow in Peñalara, a mountain near Madrid. In a wonderful example of citizen journalism, @kaikuland contributed to create civil protection culture providing graphical useful evidence through Social Media, as @LuisSerranoR explained in this video-post (in spanish) shared by the digital magazine iRescate. Well done.
Influencers and trusted information
On the other side, we also know of many examples where false information had been uploaded through social media. If we only have a look to Hurricane Sandy pictures, there is no need to insist on the topic.
But what happens when it is a traditional media with a reputation and millions of readers who shares non verified information? I'm talking now about spanish newspaper El País when the diary published a fake of Venezuela's Prime Minister, Hugo Chavez, on January 25th 2013, with 5 columns in its paper edition. The picture had been authentified by a news Agency, they say. It remained in the digital edition for half an hour while the paper edition was withdrawn.
|Paper edition of EL PAÍS showing fake|
picture of Hugo Chávez in hospital