The Outbreak: Detecting Fake Viral News, Automatically
Instead of having journalists that need to go and read every post and article posted by this websites, we detect just the ones that are getting viral, and send them to a human to evaluate if this is a fake or accurate article.
I chosen as a study-case a Article published on 6th December.
- The article, as the time of this posting, got over 32K Shares in total, 10K of that shares originate from the fb page Conservative News Today, a page with 2.5M Likes.
- In the first hour when the system detected the link, it had 236 shares.
- By the second hour, it was up to 1630 shares. This is when the system flagged the article as a viral article.
5 more hours needed to pass until the article had over 5000 shares.
The snopes article was out on Dec 07, 2016, one day later, and got in total 484 shares.
By the same time, the fake article had 8000 shares on the fb page alone.
And this is just one of the parts. We also have the number of likes, comments and emotions. Using this, we can train the algorithm to do predictive analysis.
The vertical axes is the number of reaction for each specific emotion, and on the horizontal axes is the number of likes
I want to continue working on this project, this is why i set-up this crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising $5000 to be able to get a better server infrastructure and pay for some part of the time that i dedicate to this project.
In September 2016 I have moved to San Francisco, to start a new life here.