4 students have solved the problem with Facebook's fake news

The with Facebook's fake news has made quite a few headlines in the last few days on the sites ς. Μετά την κατακόρυφη αύξηση στις φτιαχτές ειδήσεις και τον ρόλο του Facebook στις πρόσφατες εκλογές των ΗΠΑ, καθώς και μετά από την υποβάθμιση του προβλήματος από τον CEO του κοινωνικού δικτύου Mark ("more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic"), there doesn't seem to be any solution.

It is a problem that everyone knows (except Zuckerberg), and for now some seem to be looking for solutions. Of course, there are already some suggestions.fake facebook

Σύμφωνα με την The Washington , four students, Anant Goel, Nabinta De, Qinglin Chen, and Mark Craft managed to solve the problem and very quickly.

Σε ένα hackathon που πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Princeton αυτή την εβδομάδα, οι φοιτητές επέλεξαν την πρόκληση της επίλυσης του προβλήματος των ψεύτικων of Facebook.

They did it in record time: The project can be completed in just one and a half days.


The winning team developed an algorithm that was able to distinguish the fake from real news and then highlight them on Facebook.

The system, called FiB, uses a Chrome extension that marks Facebook links as "verified" or "unverified" depending on several external factors.

Among these are the credibility of the source, and cross-referencing content with other news sources. If the source of a news item does not pass the tests, the displays a link to the same story (if available) in a more reliable source.

The team provides the algorithm it developed as open source, although it is temporarily unavailable due to high demand.

Hopefully Zuck will find out about this algorithm, unless it is in his best interest not to know…


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