IU team develops tool to detect fake news

(Darrin Wright/WOWO News)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): A team of researchers at Indiana University have developed software to fight so-called “fake news” about political candidates.

Indiana University’s Observatory on Social Media has created BotSlayer, which scans social media for evidence of automated Twitter accounts – called “bots” – that push coordinated messages using fake stories and disinformation to manipulate public opinion.

The University says the program is politically agnostic: it can be used by groups and individuals of any political affiliation to detect coordinated disinformation campaigns in real-time — without any prior knowledge of these campaigns.

It’s free and open to the public and can be downloaded here.


  1. It’s also been reported that CNN (in concert with MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC) is feverishly working on countermeasures to combat this intrusion to their “news” format.


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