In an effort to benefit the general public and moving artificial intelligence forward, computer scientists are focusing their efforts on developing machine learning technology and release automated fact-checking tools. As Europe is preparing for a series of elections after U.S. President Trump’s victory in the United States earlier this year, IT experts are rallying up to fight misinformation online.
In France, the electorate recently went to the polls for the second round of presidential elections resulting in Mr. Macron’s win, with Britain and Germany will follow soon after. IT experts, startups, and tech giants are developing complex algorithms and employing loads of online data to build tools able to quickly and automatically point out fake news.
The ultimate goal is to spread these digital tools throughout Europe making them readily available to the general public, helping by providing algorithms as the driving force to sift through news and prevent fake information from circulating. Nowadays anyone can post anything with the possibility of their opinion going viral – social media sites have been flooded with fake information and news, causing difficulties in distinguishing myths from facts anymore.
Taking inspiration for the United States’ response to the fake news, researchers realize that it is hard to replicate the same prescription in Europe, as it is made up of different languages and smaller media agencies. Europe does not suffer from the same issue of fake news sites popping up, feeding on sponsored advertising, and leaking inaccurate facts. Rather, Europeans take real news out of context and post them in the form of false reports – such as Russia’ state-supported group Sputnik.
It is a tough challenge though, even with help of technology.
Claims of fake news have been focusing on online giants such as Facebook and Google, which have respectively introduced fact-checking tools ahead of European elections and have funded a number of projects aiming at introducing fact-checking tools – some using artificial intelligence for automated fact-checking online.
There’s definitely no easy solution to the issue of misinformation online, but tech giants and small startups alike are rushing to combat fake articles and bring real facts to the surface.

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