Since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in Syria in March 2011, updates from various sides of the conflict have made their way to audiences around the world through mobile and social media.
The United Nations calculates that more than 100,000 people have been killed and about 6.5 million others have been driven from their homes. Real-time coverage through networks like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook give people abroad an often-unfiltered view of the horror.
But who is telling Syria’s real-time social media story? When you’re looking for the latest updates, where should you look first and how do you ensure they are accurate? What challenges are inherent in the digital technologies powering the stories coming out of Syria?