Twitter tackles fake news with British start-up

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was grilled by US Congress over the spread of fake news

Monday, June 3, 2019

Twitter has acquired a London-based start-up that’s developed artificial intelligence technology to understand fake news.

Fabula AI has said its technology can make sense of the glut of information on social media and detect what’s correct and what’s not.

Fabula co-founder Michael Bronstein said it can improve the “health of the conversation” on the social media giant.

"We are really excited to join the machine learning research team at Twitter, and work together to grow their team and capabilities.”

He added: “by studying and understanding the Twitter graph, comprised of the millions of tweets, retweets and likes shared on Twitter every day, we will be able to improve the health of the conversation.”

A spokesman for Twitter said it will likely take “some time” to integrate Fabula’s technology into the social media platform.

Machine learning allows computers to take in large amounts of data, and use this to predict future outcomes.

Social media companies including Twitter and Facebook are facing mounting pressure from governments and users to control the spread of misinformation on their sites.

In February the UK’s government’s digital, culture, media and sport committee published a report on disinformation and fake news.

It called for a compulsory code of ethics for tech companies, overseen by an independent regulator.

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