Computing Veracity – the Fourth Challenge of Big Data

Limiting the spread of fake news on social media

As talk of fake news online reached fever pitch following the United States presidential election, Pheme partner SWI took a closer look at work already underway to address the spread of misinformation. Naturally, the first person turned to was project coordinator Kalina Bontcheva, who explained some of the contributions Pheme is making in this area and how it’s pushing the state of the art to identify and verify rumours on social media.

But she and other experts also cautioned that the battle against fake news will be long and challenging.

“It’s a race between machines and people (fabricating information) for fun, political agenda or money,” said Bontcheva.

Read more about machine learning and how other actors, including news organisations and consumers, can seek out the truth in the full article on

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