Indian students create an app for detecting fake news

A team of Indian students from Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi has developed an app WhatsFarzi for verifying a piece of fake news by using a custom logarithm.

The app is capable of scanning all the internet content, authenticate the images that could have been tampered.  “One of my students started researching on the rapid spread of fake content on Twitter and Facebook, which inspired him to develop a Google Chrome browser extension for both the platforms.

The continuous research by the team gradually gave birth to WhatsFarzi, which is now helping the vexed Indians to fight back such terrors”, said Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, associate professor at IIIT-Delhi.

WhatsFarzi is the concept of three students studying B.Tech computer science at the IIIT Delhi. The team includes  Madhur Tandon (22), Suryatej Reddy Vyalla (20) and Dhruv Kuchhal (23).

Suryatej Reddy, a third-year student, said, “We use a knowledge graph to extract relevant information from people, organizations, locations, and products available on the internet, update this graph with credible news and store it in a secured database. We follow this process to verify textual claims.”