Monday evening, New York Times reporter Brian Stetler tweeted two images of a tiger that rumors said had escaped from the London Zoo. Stetler tagged the photos as unconfirmed, but Guardian reporter Richard Adams called him on it anyway, pointing out that no animals had escaped from the zoo.
In an effort to bring clarity to the calamity of breaking news, the Guardian’s data blog is tracking each outbreak of rioting across the U.K. after each event is verified. However, the blog is still allowing eyewitnesses to submit and geotag riot photos to its Flickr pool without similar vetting filters.
As the Arab Spring rolls into London Summer, there’s little need to continue talking about the power of Twitter to pull in real-time images and updates sent from places reporters aren’t yet able to reach. The task now is to ensure that the images shared at rapid speed are giving the appropriate context. One solution is to find and log inaccurate photos as quickly as possible.
If you find a photo that appears to be inaccurate, please tweet us using #BadLondonPhoto, tell us where it’s actually from and we’ll add more to this Storify:
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