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Researchers Develop New AI Tool That Can Help To Identify Fake News on Social Media

This represents one effort in a larger body of work to mitigate the spread of disinformation

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System advances ongoing efforts to develop fully automated technology capable of detecting fake news by achieving 90 per cent accuracy in a key area of research known as stance detection. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can help social media networks and news organisations weed out Fake News stories.

The tool, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada, uses deep-learning AI algorithms to determine if claims made in posts or stories are supported by other posts and stories on the same subject.

“If they are, great, it’s probably a real story. But if most of the other material isn’t supportive, it’s a strong indication you’re dealing with fake news,” said the study’s researcher Alexander Wong, Professor at Waterloo University.

According to the study, presented at the ‘Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems’ in Canada, researchers were motivated to develop the tool by the proliferation of online posts and news stories that are fabricated to deceive or mislead readers, typically for political or economic gain.

Their system advances ongoing efforts to develop fully automated technology capable of detecting fake news by achieving 90 per cent accuracy in a key area of research known as stance detection.

Given a claim in one post or story and other posts and stories on the same subject that have been collected for comparison, the system can correctly determine if they support it or not nine out of 10 times.

That is a new benchmark for accuracy by researchers using a large dataset created for a 2017 scientific competition called the Fake News Challenge.

While scientists around the world continue to work towards a fully automated system, the Waterloo technology could be used as a screening tool by human fact-checkers at social media and news organisations, said the study.

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Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can help social media networks and news organisations weed out Fake News stories.
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“It augments their capabilities and flags information that doesn’t look quite right for verification, it isn’t designed to replace people, but to help them fact-check faster and more reliably,” Wong said.

AI algorithms at the heart of the system were shown tens of thousands of claims paired with stories that either supported or didn’t support them. Over time, the system learned to determine support or non-support itself when shown new claim-story pairs.

“We need to empower journalists to uncover truth and keep us informed,” said study researcher Chris Dulhanty.

“This represents one effort in a larger body of work to mitigate the spread of disinformation,” Dulhanty added. (IANS)

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Facebook To Give $40 Million in Grants To Help 10K Small Businesses in USA

The social networking giant recently announced $100 million global small business grant programme

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The social networking giant recently announced $100 million global small business grant programme. Pixabay

Facebook has announced $40 million in grants for 10,000 small businesses in the US to help them get through these challenging time.

The grants will go to small businesses in 34 locations where Facebook employees live and work. Those located in New York and Seattle will be the first to receive funds.

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“In this challenging time, when information is changing daily, we are listening to and learning from scores of small businesses to understand what they need now and what they will need down the road,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a statement on Thursday.

The social networking giant recently announced $100 million global small business grant programme.

“We’re making it easier for people to support their favorite local businesses with digital gift cards on Facebook, which are beginning to roll out today in the US,” said the company.

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Facebook has announced $40 million in grants for 10,000 small businesses in the US to help them get through these challenging time. VOA

People will see the option to support local businesses with digital gift cards in their News Feed.

Business owners can also create a personal fundraiser on Facebook for their business and ask customers for support during this critical time.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses everywhere. Suddenly and, through no fault of their own, many simply can’t do business, and for others it has become much, much harder because customers are doing the right thing and staying at home,” said Sandberg. (IANS)