Four times journalists hit back at Twitter trolls

The classic advice given to children is to “turn the other cheek” if someone is bothering them: Don’t give people the satisfaction of a reaction. But life online means abuse has found a home in people’s very own notifications and it soon becomes hard to ignore. Journalism especially invites a world of criticism and although social media gives journalists more exposure, it comes at a price.

Verification in live reporting: witch-hunts and misinformation

At 3.00am on the morning after the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013, Anonymous’ Twitter account @YourAnonNews tweeted the names of two bombing suspects, 20 minutes after a similar tweet from unknown Twitter user Greg Hughes. The first name, Mike Mulugeta, had been announced on a police scanner. But the second, Sunil Tripathi, was a missing Brown student whom Twitter and Reddit users had misidentified after comparing FBI-released images