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Researchers developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news

A web-based tool to monitor the spread of fake news on social media platforms has been developed by researchers from the University of Michigan in the US.
Researchers developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news
  • The tool uses a Platform Health Metric called the Iffy Quotient and will supposedly draw data from two external entities namely NewsWhip and Media Bias/Fact Checker.

How will the Tool work?

  • The News Whip will collect URLs from hundreds of thousands of sites each day and then it will gather information about the engagements of these sites on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Iffy Quotient will fetch information by querying NewsWhip for the top 5000 most popular URLs Facebook and Twitter.
  • Then the tool will check using the information at Media Bias/Fact checker whether the URL has been classified as iffy, ok, or unknown.

About Newswhip:

  • It is a social media engagement tracking firm to collect URLs of thousands of sites everyday and collect information these sites have in Facebook and Twitter.

About Media Bias/Fact Checker:

  • It divides the URL into three categories, 'Iffy' if the website is on a questionable source or a conspiracy list and 'OK' if the website is on the lists such as Left Bias, Right Bias or Satire, and 'Unknown' if the website is not on any of the lists.

Question:

Q. A web-based tool to monitor the spread of fake news on social media platforms has been developed by researchers from which university in the US?
a. Stanford University
b. University of Pennsylvania
c. University of Michigan
d. Harvard University
Researchers developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news Researchers developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on November 01, 2018 Rating: 5

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