Researchers are holding social media accountable for the validity of public comments and live posts.

Social media has become a handy tool for people to share events when formal news portals have limited access, but sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish valid posts from rumored ones. In response to this growing phenomena, researchers are planning for a social media lie detector that will analyze the nature of online posts in real-time.

Drawing data from media blasts during the London riots in 2011, the project includes posts on Twitter, comments in healthcare forums and public comments on Facebook. By categorizing online rumors into different groups, researchers can more easily identify which rumors hold authority in relation to their source, which can range from journalists to internet bots. There will be four categories: Speculation, Controversy, Misinformation and Disinformation.

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