SocialTruth project: Everything about the fake news detection system On Thursday, September 30 at 13.00 comes a very interesting live stream on SecNews TV. We will learn everything about the SocialTruth project, a new European project that started in 2019 with the aim of creating a system for the analysis and detection of fake news.
SecNews TV is pleased to conduct an exclusive interview with him Mr. George Koutalieris, Research and Innovation Engineer - Project Management and Utilization of SocialTruth Results and Mr. Nikos Pepe, Project Research and Development Engineer - Software Development and Security Technical Team.
Stay tuned to SecNews TV to watch the live broadcast of the interview!
What is the SocialTruth Project?
The SocialTruth is an interdisciplinary European research and innovation project designed and developed by a consortium of 11 partners, headed by the Research University Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (EPISEV) of the National Technical University of Athens.
By analyzing and evaluating news in an automated way and classifying it based on its reliability, SocialTruth seeks to make the dissemination of information on the Internet safer and more reliable.
After two years of continuous development and improvement of the system, the first stages of pilot testing were carried out by the end users of SocialTruth. In particular, journalists and journalism students, educators and members of consumer institutes, among others, used the capabilities of the system in more than 700 different trials, which included more than 500 cases of online news or articles.
The conclusions from the pilot tests as well as the comments from the end users are already used for the further development and improvement of the system. The development of the system is expected to be completed soon, leading to the final stages of the evaluation next September.
The test results are very encouraging, while exceeding the initial expectations. In particular, the SocialTruth system accurately identified about 63% of news and articles. In fact, in the case of tests involving real news and articles, this percentage approached 90%.
The pilot tests were performed using Digital Companion, an add-on that can be installed on known browsers. This add-on was designed to provide a simple, understandable and enjoyable user experience.
SocialTruth uses various cutting-edge technologies, such as blockchain, to ensure the accuracy and solvency of results. In the final phases of the pilot tests, the system will be tested by an even wider range of end users.
SocialTruth is a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program. The originality of the project lies in the effort to create an open, democratic and pluralistic ecosystem with easy access to verification services as well as to ensure scalability and build trust, within a fully decentralized environment.
The SocialTruth consortium includes 11 partners from 6 European countries: three widely recognized research organizations (EPISEV - University Research Institute of Communications and Computer Systems from Greece, UTP - University of Science and Technology from Poland and LSBU University South - Three major suppliers of technology solutions from France (Thales, Expert AI and Qwant), two experienced business consulting firms from Italy (Tecoms and Zanasi & Partners), two news and media organizations from Italy (Adnkronos and De Agostini Scuola) as well as an active consumer organization from Romania (InfoCons).