A Data Scientist Was Sick of Seeing Spam on His Facebook so He Built a Fake News Detector

Tired of seeing his friends and family sharing questionable content on his Facebook feed, data scientist Zach Estela decided to take action. He built a tool that scans a website’s most recent 100 posts and analyzes it to determine whether it’s fake news, heavily biased, or a legit news source.

“I see my friends post, sometimes, complete garbage or articles recommended to me that are complete garbage,” Estela told me over the phone. As fake new purveyors have become more ubiquitous, they’ve also gotten more sophisticated. It’s sometimes hard to tell if a news source is a small local paper, a Russian-backed propaganda forum, or a semi-accurate hype blog that only reports the facts when they align with its agenda.

Author: Kaleigh Rogers

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