Lie detector for social media being built to curb rumors
Newscast Media LONDON—An international group of researchers, led by the University
of Sheffield, is aiming to build a system that will automatically verify online rumors as
they spread around the globe, since rumors often have far-reaching consequences.
The lie detector will be the first of its kind to automatically analyze, in real time,
whether a piece of information is true or false. This will allow journalists,
governments, emergency services, health agencies and the private sector to respond
more effectively to claims on social media.
The EU-funded project aims to classify online rumors into four types:
speculation – such as whether interest rates might rise; controversy – as over the
MMR vaccine; misinformation, where something untrue is spread unwittingly; and
disinformation, where it’s done with malicious intent. CONTINUE TO STORY>>