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IIT Kharagpur: Develops tech to filter fake news

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has developed a solution to filter out fake news about disasters on social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. The solution will be using artificial intelligence to extract critical information from social media platforms that are difficult to obtain manually. This tech developed by IIT Kharagpur can be used to determine the authenticity of the posts. It will also be providing data regarding rescue and relief operations.

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In the year 2016 during Chennai floods, there were rumors that crocodiles had escaped from the park. The solution developed by IIT can easily identify it as fake news by analyzing and mapping the information flowing from the authorities in the area.

According to Saptarishi Ghosh, Department of Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, “Our solution can detect fake news and can even alert users in the time of disasters through deep machine learning algorithms.” Saptrishi Ghosh will be leading the team of developing algorithms for this task.

Ghosh further mentioned, “We are developing AI methods to extract specific types of critical and actionable information from social media content posted during disasters such as resource needs, resource availability and information about trapped people.”

The solution developed by IIT Kharagpur is limited to disasters in terms of identifying fake news or rumors and it also provides a minimum of 90 percent accuracy in differentiating fake news from the real ones.

The solution also helps in gleaning information that can surely help the victims of the disasters. According to the researches, merely 2 percent of the tweets related to disasters provides correct information.

Currently, the institute and its collaborators at Qatar Computing Research Institute has submitted a proposal to Microsoft Research India. If the proposal gets accepted then IIT Kharagpur will collaborate with Microsoft Research and Qatar Computing Research Institute to develop the systems for aiding post-disaster relief operations. 

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