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Uta-Led Interdisciplinary Team to Construct Computer Program to Identify Fake News

By UTA News Center

June 16, 2017

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) say they are developing computer tools to detect social bots within the World Wide Web that create and spread fake news.

The team, led by UTA professor Chengkai Li, will use highly sophisticated algorithms to combat the bots and the spread of fake news.

Li says the project will focus on Twitter bots, Twitter accounts run by computer programs that automatically publish and forward content, follow other accounts, leave comments, and conduct seemingly "real" activity.

In addition, Li says the project will concentrate on national security threats instead of domestic politics.

"These bots often are sponsored by nation-states that are hostile to U.S. interests," Li notes. "This project needs to have a worldwide reach."

Li says the UTA researchers will leverage expertise in computational fact-checking, static and dynamic code analysis, data mining, and security.

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