Penn State professors get $300,000 grant for digital fake-news detector
Pennsylvania State University’s information sciences and technology professor Dongwon Lee and communications professor S Shyam Sundar are working on the projectUpdated: Sep 01, 2017 15:02 IST
University Park, Pa. Two Pennsylvania State University professors in the US have received $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop technology that will enable digital devices to weed out fake news.
The university says information sciences and technology professor Dongwon Lee and communications professor S Shyam Sundar are working on the project.
Lee says fake news “has been around for decades” but has been “exacerbated” on the internet and social media platforms.
The professors plan to investigate “characteristic indicators of fake news” and develop complex formulas that will enable digital devices to recognise those indicators and purge stories that contain them.
Sundar has researched the psychology of online news consumption for two decades.
Many media outlets have made efforts to point out fake news, such as a recent social media headline claiming Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote.