Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

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Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:28 am

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What do you think?

Is there potential to turn the de-faking of news into a huge online service that produces user-generated content and allows the public to get an accurate ranking of a story's credibility?

Might this be the solution to "fake news" that the likes of Facebook and Google are looking for?

Given the relatively low cost of implementation -- what's to lose by giving it a go and hoping that by creating (and owning) this market, one of the big-names will come and offer a fortune for it.

Get in now before NZ's capital gains tax begins :-)
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Re: Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby hagfish » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:01 am

A grand idea! Sounds a bit like Snopes. As images, audio and video are increasingly easy to tweak and fake, crowd-sourced, independent services like this will be crucial to a functioning democracy. They're not so important where we are headed, however.
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Re: Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby decibel » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:52 pm

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Re: Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby decibel » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:54 pm

Actually this is it here -
https://www.newsguardtech.com/
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Re: Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:40 pm

decibel wrote:Actually this is it here -
https://www.newsguardtech.com/

No, NewsGuard only ranks sites -- not stories (as far as I can tell) -- that's far to coarse in terms of granularity.

Some sites will have a mix of accurate and "not so accurate" stories so we need a system that focuses actually what's being said in each story, not just a general red to gree ranking for the entire site.

There are many, many people out there with far more expertise on specific topics or subjects than the reporters (cough cough) who wite the stories so those poeople will usually be the best arbiters of what's accurate and what's not -- lending their knowledge, experience and expertise to rank each story for which they are qualified to do so. This is better than having some secret panel of reviewers who simply rank a site's reliability overall.
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Re: Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby Perry » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:33 am

Does any reader[s] hereon want to give it a go?

If so, I might be able to help in some small way.
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Re: Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby Kiwiiano » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:34 am

Quora goes some way to covering this aspect https://www.quora.com
There are regular queries about the veracity of one report or another, although you have to sort out the trolls from the genuine, in both the questions and answers.
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Re: Another million-dollar idea: defaked news (25 Jan, 2019)

Postby aardvark_admin » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:47 am

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