February 20, 2014

EU project to build lie detector for social media

*  New system set to be created to automatically verify online rumours
*   The lie detector will be the first of its kind to automatically analyse, in real time, whether a piece of information is true or false
*  This will allow journalists, governments, emergency services, health agencies and the private sector to respond more effectively to claims on social media

In our digital age, rumours – both true and false - spread fast, often with far-reaching consequences. An international group of researchers, led by the University of Sheffield, is aiming to build a system that will automatically verify online rumours as they spread around the globe.