Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed a new screening tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help fact-checkers identify false information online.
The system sets a new benchmark for accuracy in stance detection, a key area in efforts by scientists and engineers around the world to create fully automatic technology capable of detecting fake news.
“We need to empower journalists to uncover truth and keep us informed,” said Chris Dulhanty, a master’s student in systems design engineering who led the project. “This represents one effort in a larger body of work to mitigate the spread of disinformation."
Dulhanty and PhD students Jason Deglint and Ibrahim Ben Daya collaborated with Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor and Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging.
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