Category: News Verification

Satire Detector Launched

Satire Detector was officially released on April 10, 2017. It is a part of a study at Western University. If you’d like to participate, you could experiment with the tool by submitting some news pieces for us to determine whether they are satirical or legitimate news. It would greatly help us in improving our training Read More …

Media Interest in our Research on Fake News

Here are our lab’s efforts in research dissemination and knowledge mobilization for the SSHRC Insight Grant (#435-2015-0065): Digital Deception Detection: Identifying Deliberate Misinformation in Online News (2015-2018). Background. The Language and Information Technology Research Lab (LiT.RL) was founded in 2009. The lab’s mission is to improve access to information by developing language models, methods, and Read More …

The Politics of Internet Memes

by Yimin Chen, LIS PhD Candidate. In his opening monologue to the first Saturday Night Live broadcast following the 2016 US election, comedian Dave Chappelle admonished his viewers for electing “an internet troll as our president.” And, indeed, trolls may have influenced this election to an unprecedented degree. Like any electoral competition, this one featured Read More …

Silverman, Buzzfeed Canada, on Spreading the Truth in an Age of Viral Misinformation

Craig Silverman, the Founding Editor of Buzzfeed Canada, will deliver the Fall 2016 Clissold Lecture entitled “Spreading the Truth in an Age of Viral Misinformation”. Location: Rm. 3345, Somerville House at Western, London, ON. Time: November 1, 2016 @ 5pm. Mark Rayner, the Program Coordinator & Committee Chair for the Master of Media in Journalism Read More …

Upcoming Talk @ Mediations, Western

[Image caption: “Prototype of a system in R&D”] Save the Date: “Fake News or Truth? Using Satirical Cues to Detect Potentially Misleading News” Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Western University, London, Room (TBA) Presented by LiT.RL Team Members Abstract: Satire is an attractive subject in deception detection research: it is a Read More …