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This Chrome Extension Rates Tweets Based On Their Credibility

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, April 28 2014

An alethiometer (bandita/Flickr)

On April Fool's Day you can't believe anything you read on the Internet. And on the other 364 days of the year you still have to use reason and common sense to avoid falling for or even spreading online rumors. Misinformation can be particularly damaging during natural disasters or other social crises if it impedes or misleads emergency response. Journalists also have to be wary of retweeting or reposting unverified information. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a way of gauging how credible a tweet may be? Well, the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and the Precog Research Group at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIITD) are collaborating on a tool that aims to do just that.

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Building an Automatic "Lie Detector" for Twitter

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, February 20 2014

American inventor Leonarde Keeler testing his lie-detector (Wikipedia/public domain)

An international group of researchers led by the University of Sheffield is building a social media “lie detector” called Pheme, after the mythological rumormonger, that can determine in real time whether a information spread on social media is true or false.

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Clintonite: 'Birthers' Before Ken Starr

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 29 2011

A former Bill Clinton aide says that, compared to special prosecutors, Internet rumors are "lot kinder and gentler at the end of the day." (via Ben Smith) Interesting argument, though didn't Whitewater start as ... Read More

When It Comes to 'Birtherism,' Did 'Fight the Smears' Backfire?

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 22 2011

Back during the 2008 race, the Obama campaign launched a website called Fight the Smears. At the time, it seemed the sign of a web-savvy campaign finding a clever way to inject the online public debate their take on the ... Read More

No That's Not Sheldon Silver

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 5 2010

I was this close to calling New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's office to that @ShellySilver isn't really his Twitter account, when I thought to myself, come on now, really. Let's put on our critical thinking ... Read More