Blockchain Used to Detect Fake News

Fake News Blockchain

According to the report of TechCrunch, Adblock Plus developer eyeo GmbH will be using blockchain technology in its browser extension Trusted News.

Fake, untrusted and/or unknown news is being labeled by the project’s website while marking trustworthy sources and stories. So far, Trusted News is only available for Chrome and has been launched in beta. Once the browser add-on is added, the extension displays a small window with a brief summary of a news source including labels such as “trustworthy”, “unknown”, “clickbait” or even “satire.”

Data compiled by different sources like PolitiFact, Snopes, Wikipedia and Zimdars’ List are where the ratings will be based on. The extension also works with the MetaCert protocol that uses an anti-fraud URL registry to keep the database for the project.

The company’s director of ecosystems, Ben Williams, told TechCrunch that Trusted News will add an option wherein users can give feedback on certain ratings, even opposing them if they disagree with a certain classification.

eyeo wants to discover whether the product is beneficial to the users, even though Williams emphasized that the project is still in its testing stage. He also mentioned that “whitelist” is unavailable by which some websites might bypass ratings.

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