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An information systems model for supporting fake news disclosure

Pool, A.W. (2018) An information systems model for supporting fake news disclosure.

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Abstract:This research searches in what ways Information Systems can help in the battle against fake news. To answer this, a model will be designed and proposed for a system that could serve as a tool that helps reduce the impact of fake news. This tool is based on theories on fake news. It is found that such a system should not exclusively tell what is fake and what not, it is more important to support people in their decision process. This tool should support analytical thinking, something that many people involved in the spreading of false news lack, or don’t mind. The model starts when the user inputs a set of Tweets about a certain news item. The system analyses these Tweets and computes the probability of the news item to be true. The calculation of the probability is done by analysing the way the Tweets are diffused, and other statistical figures that set false news apart from true. The model is designed in such a way that the next step would be programming it into a functional piece of software, and testing the most accurate variables.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Business & IT BSc (56066)
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