9 thoughts on “Supplement to Fact Check

  1. Filippo Menczer, a professor of informatics and computer science, and colleagues at Indiana U. at Bloomington have built a tool called Hoaxy that demonstrates how fake news spreads on social networks.
    From a Chronicle of Higher Ed [!] interview forwarded to me.

  2. We have been working on tools to visualize the spread of information in general. We have a set of tools called OSoMe, Observatory on Social Media, where we have something similar. You can track and observe the spread of information about a hashtag on Twitter, for example.

    We realized that instead of tracking hashtags we should track links to fake news websites. Another part of the inspiration came from another project, called emergent.info. That was done by Craig Silverman, who is now a journalist at BuzzFeed. He did this project, Emergent, where they would look at claims that were spreading online and label them as correct or false, and then they would track how many people would share them. It was all done manually. You could only see how many people would share them, not who was sharing them and how they were spreading. That’s when we starting thinking we should try and do this automatically. That’s how Hoaxy came about.

  3. I tried to Hoaxy the story about trumpspawn Ivanka being harassed on a Jet Blue flight, but got no hits. Why would a(n) alleged billionaire fly on a discount airline?

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