Can AI algorithms stem the deluge of fake news?

Mar 28, 2018, 7:30 AM EDT
(Source: Mike MacKenzie/flickr)
(Source: Mike MacKenzie/flickr)

The internet is bombarded with misinformation, propaganda and fake news, circling around, drowning the facts and more often than not skimming on top to trap citizens with lies. Be it the false stories planted in the run up to the 2016 U.S. election or just ahead of the Brexit vote, they have proved powerful to sway views on both sides of the line.

The rot is partly because of the algorithms weaponized to exploit the differences among various sections of the society but the same tools, equipped with artificial intelligence for fact-checking, could come to our rescue from dubious headlines, notes Popular Science.

Facebook has tinkered with its algorithms to flush out bogus stories from newsfeeds and Google too is collaborating with a fact-checking startup, writes MIT Technology Review. Artificial software like are being tested to spot phony stories and flag them before the damage is done.