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COP in Social Media Information Verification

Certificate of Proficiency in Social Media Information Sourcing & Verification (COP)

This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Social Media Information Sourcing & Verification Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam.

Since social media is construed as a tool of collective wisdom, it is used by researchers, journalists, investigators, social scientists, advertisers and others for information collection. However, because of its growth, it has caused information overload creating massive data cloud. This growth has compounded the issues of filtering out information from the fakes, and useful chatter from the meaningless ones.

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Examination Syllabus

This Module has two (2) units

Social Media Information Source & Profile Verifications

This unit discusses social media Information extraction (IE) from user generated contents on social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter. An example of Facebook data extraction tools is introduced that provide data such as “Social Trends”, “Industry Data”, “Demographic Overviews” Etc.

The internet is riddled with fake news and biased content. Facebook stands out in our data as the site people visited most to read the fake news. We have used Facebook profile accounts as an example to illustrate methods and techniques for identifying and verifying fake social media profiles.

Topics Covered

  • Importance of Social Media as Informative Source
  • Social Media Data as a Predictive Tool for Real-world Outcomes
  • Social Media Information Benefits for Online Research
  • Social Media Trends (Data Capture Qualitative & Quantitative Data Analysis)
  • Social Media Data Collection Methods with “Social Data Search” Tools
  • Social Network Data Collection Sources
  • Detecting Fake Accounts in Social Platforms such as in “Facebook”
  • How are Fake Facebook Accounts Created & Identified?

UNIT 1

UNIT 2

Social Media Information Verification Tools

Topics Covered

  • Social Media Search – Tools & Utilities
  • Creating Social Listening Traps
  • Social Media Search with Hashtag (#) Notations.
  • Probing “People Connections” within Social Media Portals.
  • Social Media Search Apps and Chrome Extensions.
  • Google Search Queries for Facebook and LinkedIn
  • List of Social Media Search Engines and Social Media Information Resources

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