Greek Student Presents Program for Countering Fake News to the Europarliament

University of Macedonia. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Vasilis Ververidis)

THESSALONIKI – A new programme that can identify fake news on the internet with up to 89 pct accuracy was presented in the European Parliament by a Greek student from the Department of Informatics at the University of Macedonia, Valentinos Tzakas.

It is an algorithm that promises to check if what we read on the web is true or false (hoax).

The 20-year old student presented the second edition of FightHoax, which will be available in a week.

“Everyone is trying to solve the issue of fake news on the internet in a technical way, but we are trying to do so with a more human angle, enhancing the user’s critical thinking at the same time”, he underlined.

Among other things, FightHoax decides if the article is an opinion article, if its headline aims to entice readers to click on it (clickbait), if the language it uses promotes propaganda, is intended to influence opinion or is of poor quality. It can also provide an analysis of the author’s past activities, such as the websites where he is published, and articles on the same topic from different sources and political views in order to give the reader a global viewpoint. Finally, it can analyze the source of the article, with information on its founder, how many people it employs, whether it has won awards or distinctions, while presenting various charts so the reader can explore the subject more visually.”