Fake News Challenge: Leveraging A.I. to combat fake news

Exploring how artificial intelligence technologies could be leveraged to combat fake news.

The Problem

“Fake news” — news stories made up and spread with the intention to deceive — is arguably one of the most serious challenges facing democratic societies today. In a Pew Research poll taken shortly after the 2016 US midterm elections, 64 percent of US adults said that “made-up news” has caused a “great deal of confusion” about the facts of current events, and almost a quarter said they had shared a made-up news story, wittingly or not.

The Solution

The Fake News Challenge seeks to unleash the power of machine learning, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence to fight fake news. A grassroots effort of over 100 volunteers and 71 teams from academia and industry around the world, the Challenge organizes competitions to foster development of tools to help identify hoaxes and deliberate misinformation in news stories, with the top 3 teams winning cash prizes. The first competition concluded in June, 2017.

Stage of Development

  • Early Stage
  • Established Prototype
  • Scaling
  • Other

Organization to Receive Funds

Fake News Challenge

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