Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and others are looking for ways to stop the spread of fake news
Verizon, Comcast, AT & T, and others in the telecommunications industry are looking to build a more sophisticated system to track fake news stories, as they try to stop an Internet-dependent digital epidemic.
The companies say they plan to build in tools to flag bogus stories and provide real-time data to police and law enforcement agencies on what’s circulating on the Web.
The efforts, which come as fake news proliferates on social media, are the latest sign that digital technology is rapidly changing how people interact with the world.
The Internet is also a battleground for civil liberties and consumer protections.
“The problem with fake news is it spreads rapidly,” said Mark Karpeles, president of the Information Technology &.; Innovation Foundation, which helps startups and companies build online platforms for their businesses.
“We need to get out of the loop.
We need to take a more proactive approach to making sure that the information is not disseminated to people who are doing bad things.”
For example, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas said it plans to hire staff to work in a data-mining lab to help identify the source of the most prevalent fake news.
The group will use Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to comb through tens of millions of comments and other content on Facebook and other sites.
The group also plans to expand its efforts to Twitter, where it’s already working to track the most common fake news that has popped up on the platform.
“This is the first time that we’ve had real data about the real number of people who use social media who are actively participating in the spread and dissemination of false information, including false reports of police brutality and violence,” said Michael Schatzberg, a staff attorney at the ACLU of Texas.