Blockchain App, Adblock Plus Used to Detect Fake News

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The developer for Adblock Plus claimed that they’ll be utilizing blockchain technology for their Trusted News browser extension as reported by Techcrunch on June 13.

Trusted News claim their browser add-on is able to detect fake news sources while marking more trustworthy stories as reliable. Once installed, the extension displays a small window containing a brief rating of the new source. The current rating system ranges from trustworthy, unknown, clickbait, and satire.

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These ratings are compiled by different sources like PolitiFact, Snopes, Wikipedia and Zimdars’ List. The current database will be migrated over to the Ethereum blockchain as the company plans to issue MetaCert tokens to track and avoid the risk of corrupt news sources manipulating or spoiling data.

The Trusted News director, Ben Williams, told Tech crunch that will include an option where users can provide feedback on certain ratings. Dell also be allowed to dispute ratings if they disagree with a them.

Williams stated that the project is still in its early testing stages. The developer wants to ensure that the product is something that users will find helpful. He also assured users that there will be no “white list” by certain websites who might seek to bypass their rating system.

If the extension finds support among users, future versions could include an option to report bias in news articles based on what part of the political spectrum they tend to lean towards.

Other Companies Take Initiative to Combat Fake News

Other companies seem to express interest in combating fake news as in November 2017 Facebook announced the creation of a trust indicator which would be attached to their articles within their platform.

Google claimed back in March 2017 that they would focus on more trustworthy news sources. They intend to spend $300 million in order to create a Google News Initiative Platform which intends to eliminate bias or fake news.

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