2_300IIT-Kharagpur develops tech to filter fake news about disasters

Economic Times (November 20, 2018)

Filtering out fake news about disasters on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook is going to get simpler.

The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has come up with a solution that uses artificial intelligence to extract critical information from social media platforms that is difficult to obtain manually.

This information can be used to determine the authenticity of posts and also pass on data to aid rescue and relief operations.

During the Chennai floods in 2016, there were rumours that crocodiles had escaped from the park. IIT's solution could easily identify this as fake news by analysing and mapping the information emanating from authorities in the region. This ensures that unauthorised handles spreading rumours are identified. (Read More)