In order to curb spread of fake news and track groups generating them, the Cochin University of Science and Technology’s (Cusat) department of computer science and technology is developing an automated system that can judge the veracity of online stories.
CUSAT is set to join hands with few noted universities across the world, including Queens University in Britain and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for the project.
A proposal submitted by Cusat professor G Santhosh and Tanmoy Chakraborty, associate professor at Delhi-based the Indraprastha Institute to detect such groups has been approved by the Union ministry of human resources development, which has cleared Rs 53 lakh for it under the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration.
“We will develop machine-learning models to catch patterns, which can differentiate fake news from legitimate ones. We will also try to detect groups colluding in fake news generation,” Santhosh said.
The research will consider improving the state-of-the-art models in identifying misinformation based on text, image and multimedia contents, identifying tell-tale patterns of collusion within the context of fake news and leveraging such collusive patterns to enhance fake news detection.
In addition to improving fake news detection, the project will help advance research in fake news analytics in characterizing and exploiting collusive behaviour towards improving fake news detection, he said.
Source : The Times of India