College Students Build Tool That Flags Fake News in Your Feed

Even though Facebook publicly denied that fake news spread across the platform influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, web developers are hard at work trying to combat the spread of such false stories. One such plugin is the Google Chrome extension built off of a list of unreliable websites. Now, a group of college students brings us a plugin that analyzes your Facebook feed for false posts, including news and Twitter screengrabs. FiB came about at the HackPrinceton hackathon at the Ivy League university last weekend, where it won the Google-sponsored “Best Moonshot” award. Nabanita De, a master’s student at UMass Amherst; Anant Goel, a freshman at Purdue University; and Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen, both sophomores at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, created the extension using…


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