We live in a world where we consume bite sized news and believe everything on the Internet that is “trending” and widely shared. Fake news (can we still call it news then?) has been a hot topic globally in the past few months with notably Facebook’s scandals making the headlines. This major issue is impacting the business world but also now politics.
So how can we discern fake to real news when even the most complex algorithms built by the biggest tech companies in the world aren’t capable of? Maybe a good first initiative would be to simply verify the so-called fake news and found out if it is accurate or not. Journalists have been doing this since the profession existed! You verify your sources, double-check, triple check and more if needed. This should be easier, more accurate and even cheaper with available technologies today.!
Four students from Princeton in a 36 hour hackathon came up with a "news feed authenticity checker" solution which in short:
In others words, this is simply web-scraping! At InSwiGo, we offer web-scraping services to our clients for various purposes. If you would like to discuss this topic with us or are interested in web-scraping tools for your company, please contact us here