Full Fact software against fake news

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  • Author: Statistics Views (source: the Guardian, Robert Booth)
  • Date: 23 August 2017
  • Copyright: Image appears courtesy of Getty Images

Journalists are to begin using an automated fact-checking system that quickly alerts them to false claims made in the press, on TV and in parliament.

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The early version of the software which will be rolled out for testing from October 2017 scans the subtitles of live news programmes, broadcasts of parliament, the Hansard parliamentary record, and articles published by newspapers. It tracks millions of words sentence by sentence until it identifies a claim that appears to match a fact-check already in its database. The software is being developed by researchers at the Full Fact organisation in London, co-operating with the Office of National Statistics.

The program will be first tested in the UK but will also be deployed in South America and Africa.

The developers aim to expand the program so that it carries out its own fact-checks in the future using databases of statistics and verified information. Work is also under way to give Twitter and Facebook users the chance to fact-check their social media feeds, where the large majority of the worst fake news has been distributed.

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