We’re surrounded by news, facts and, of course, rumors. Unfortunately, due to the social bots that exist nowadays, the truthiness and objectivity of these aforementioned things are altered.
A recent study showed recently that many accounts are made in order to serve an unusual purpose, namely spreading fake news among the world. Nowadays this strategy is the most successful in the business, marketing, health and politics fields. The most relevant example would be the presidential elections from last year when many sites began spreading fake news and creating conspiracies about one of the two candidates in order to guarantee the success of the other.
The most relevant example would be the presidential elections from last year when many sites began spreading fake news and creating conspiracies about one of the two candidates in order to guarantee the success of the other.
Fortunately, people started to take measures. There are also some web pages that check the credibility of a certain site. More specifically, 122 of them are already known for the fact that they publish fake news; sites like “theonion.com” or “infowars.com” being some of the examples.
Chengcheng Shao and some of his colleagues from Indiana University in Bloomington have been studying this news problem for a long period of time and they even gathered some precious information regarding this issue.
To find out how the bots and the humans spread the real and the fake news, they created Hoaxy and Bolometer, two sites meant to identify who is sharing the news (human or bot) and to track real and fake news. The results are rather surprising. It appears that the ones who are in charge of spreading the fake news are actually social bots.
They are part of a bigger picture though. After the news is created bots share it to specific users that are very influential in the social media platform. It’s quite scary what they’re doing. Nevertheless, the first step in dealing with this issue is to at least understand what is happening. But what will be the next one?