Category: News Verification

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 …

FIMS Graduate Research Day

On April 14, 2016 our lab presented a poster at the FIMS Research Day. The work is based on the project that aims to identify fake news. Satirical news, if mistaken for legitimate reporting, often pose a problem by misleading readers. A full paper associated with this poster is stored in ResearchGate repository. The paper Read More …

Meeting with “the Western Beet”

LiT.RL team meets with A.J. Wineck, a satirical writer who started the Western Beet. [Left to right: Sarah Cornwell, Yimin Chen, Victoria Rubin, A.J. Wineck, and Niall Conroy] Since the summer of 2015 our Deception Detection team has been working on identifying satirical (or fake) news in the stream of legitimate news. In April 2016 we Read More …

Google News Labs

Watch Google News Lab Video In June 2015 Google announced its new initiative, the Google News Lab, as an effort to provide tools and resources for journalists. The official blog post announced it as “a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media” (June 22, 2015). These goals aligns Read More …

ACM Workshop on Multimodal Deception Detection

Post Contributor: Yimin Chen. Following the ASIS&T conference in St. Louis, Victoria and Yimin rushed off to attend the Association for Computing Machinery Workshop on Multimodal Deception Detection in Seattle. Held in conjunction with the 17th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, this workshop featured keynote talks by Drs. Ioannis Pavlidis, Yejin Choi, and Jeffrey Read More …

ASIS&T 2015 Annual Meeting

Post Contributor: Yimin Chen. From November 6-10, members of the LiT.RL lab attended the 79th annual meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in St. Louis. Organized under the broad them of “research in and for the community,” the conference featured plenary talks by Aaron Doering on transformational learning and innovation in Read More …