Current state

By raising awareness about concerns and opportunities for businesses that are currently on the quest to help automatically detecting fake news by providing web services (Procedia Computer Science, 2017). It seems clear that a judgement on the value of information should not be performed exclusively by machines, in the case they are given total control to decide which information is displayed to who, when and in through which channel (Procedia Computer Science, 2017).


False news is more novel than true news, and that may be why we share the false much faster and more widely (Chadwck, 2018). Prominent responses to false news include surprise, fear and disgust (Chadwck, 2018).


The Americans loved our stories and we make money from them," he boasts, making sure I see the designer watch he's fiddling with. "Who cares if they are true or false?" Goran - not his real name by the way, he's not confident enough to reveal that - is one of scores, or probably hundreds of Macedonian teenagers who are behind a cottage industry in the small city of Veles which churned out fake pro-Trump news during the US election campaign (Wendling, 2018). Clearly the enabler of the modern form of "fake news" - or, if you like, misinformation - has been the explosive growth of social media. In the early days of Twitter, people would call it a 'self-cleaning oven', because yes there were falsehoods, but the community would quickly debunk them. But now we're at a scale where if you add in automation and bots, that oven is overwhelmed. There are many more people now acting as fact-checking and trying to clean all the ovens, but it's at a scale now that we just can't keep up (Wendling, 2018).