‘Pheme’ To Catch Your Fake Tweet And Online Lies Red Handed
If there is anything that travels faster than light, it ought to be Gossip at Social Media. What say? Hope you remember how a fake tweet on ‘Big B’ dying in a car crash spread like forest fire and made the whole world stunned? Hope you didn’t forget Twitter hoax where the rumor spread like pop star, Just Bieber had cancer and he had urged all his fans to shave their head. At that time lots of die-hard fans and especially the teenage girls were found going bald in order to show a sense of solidarity. Well, now if you have been planning to spread misinformation on Twitter, you need to think twice! A team of European researchers is working towards building software called Pheme that could detect unsavory reports before going viral. The online lie-detector has the ability to differentiate fact from fiction in just 140 characters. The software has the ability to scan the tweets coming from individuals and news outlets to see if their posts are as authentic as they claim. The software has been named after the Greek gossip goddess ‘Pheme’. In Greek mythology, Pheme was known for spreading rumors. She used to spread the rumor in a whispering tone, followed by repeating it. Researchers are of the opinion that such types of technology might have come to great help during the London Riots in 2011, when Twitter users spread the rumor of animals being released from the London Zoo. The system would categorize fake, false tweets in four categories including speculation, controversy, misinformation and disinformation. In a bid to verify the information in real time, Pheme first of all would search for sources that can back up claims. Besides, the software would also investigate into the background of users, sending the tweets to find out whether they are bots created for the ultimate motive of spreading wrong information. Pheme is expected to be up and in operation in about 18 months with early versions to hit the market sooner than later.