Students design browser Plug-In that detects fake news

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Recently, Facebook added a new update in an effort to fight against fake news, this helped in promoting legitimate content rather than sketchy articles. This move was effected because of how the spread of fake news had been on the rise, misinforming individuals.

In an attempt to also combat this, a group of college students developed a browser plug-in that detects fake news that you encounter on the internety during a hackathon held at Yale University,

The plug-in which is dubbed “Open Mind” was developed by Stefan Uddenberg, Michael Lopez-Brau, Alex Cui, and Jeff An, they all hail from different universities and also from different fields of studies. When the plug-in detects a website that is known to contain fake news, it will display a warning to users, something similar to how Google warns users when they’re about to enter a website that might have malware on it.

Additionally, the plugin uses what is known as sentiment analysis technology. This enables it to analyze and identify major players and political slants, and will then be able to offer up stories on the same topic that have a different viewpoint. According to An;

So let’s say there is an article that is very pro-Trump on a topic. We would then try to give you something more left of centre. We can go out and find for you that alternative article.

However at the same time the group is also trying to avoid extreme points of view, where if you are reading a far-left article, it won’t try to offer you a far-right article as a counterpoint. The extension beta is planned for early 2018. To read more about it you can click on the source link below.


Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention. Intentionally misleading and deceptive fake news is different from obvious satire or parody which is intended to humor rather than mislead its audience. Fake news often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news stories to increase readership, online sharing and Internet click revenue. In the latter case, it is similar to sensational online “clickbait” headlines and relies on advertising revenue generated from this activity, regardless of the veracity of the published stories. Fake news also undermines serious media coverage and makes it more difficult for journalists to cover significant news stories



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