NewsMobile, along with its technology partner FakeNetAI, a startup at the University of California, Berkeley, has won a global innovation challenge for their collaborative project, which detects the use of deep fake technology on social media platforms. NewsMobile, that’s one Facebook Fact-Checking Partner for India, is the only Asian organization to have won the coveted innovation challenge in the second round of the Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative.
The initiative is a joint project of the Facebook Journalism Project and the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute and aims to support innovation projects, new formats and technologies that will benefit the wider global fact-checking ecosystem. “Detect and Debunk Malicious Deepfakes,” the joint project of NewsMobile and FakeNetAI, has received a grant of $ 99,000. They are among the five winners chosen from a list of 64 proposals and will distribute a total of $ 450,000.
“This global collaborative project to detect deep forgeries will help NewsMobile and Fakenet AI solve one of the biggest challenges in the disinformation genre, that of deep forgeries, and we are delighted to partner with our partners IFCN, Facebook and Fakenet AI, ”said Saurabh Shukla, NewsMobile’s founder and editor-in-chief. “Our winning partnership also strengthens Indo-American technology and innovation collaboration. At NewsMobile, we have focused on innovation and this is another milestone in our journey as an independent fact-checker and technology-based mobile content platform, ”said Shukla.
Saurabh Shukla also thanked the team led by IFCN and Facebook for their confidence in NewsMobile. FakeNetAI currently operates a web application that identifies and analyzes potentially viral messages to detect the use of deep fake technology.
The problem of deep forgeries has emerged as a major challenge in the United States, especially in the run-up to the elections, and the problem is also growing in countries like India. Deep forgeries involve altering a video and produces a distorted image that is often used for misinformation and is difficult to detect. The innovation of NewsMobile and Fakenet AI will create a unique product to detect these deep fakes that can be used by the fact-checking community.
International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) has released a tweet with the names of the five winners. “Congratulations, @AFPFactCheck + @CERTHellas; @Colcheck + @ourdotnews; @NewsMobileIndia + @FakeNetAI; @LeadStoriesCom + NR8; @PesaCheck + @UW_iSchool https://t.co/brsLs9jvaa pic.twitter.com/XXDyrrwtP, “said the International Fact-Checking Network (@factchecknet) on September 28, 2020. IFCN Director Baybars Orsek said:” We are committed to support innovative research and fact-checking practices to broaden the horizons of our reach and impact for a better information ecosystem. The second round of the Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative with Facebook will provide the resources and the network to pursue this goal. “
“FakeNetAI is delighted to be working with Facebook, IFCN and NewsMobile to integrate our technology into the fact-checking process, enabling fact-checkers to quickly detect deep counterfeits and prevent them from causing damage, ”said Raymond Lee, CEO of FakeNet AI. “This second round will include five partnerships between signatories to the IFCN Code of Principles and outside companies and universities, expanding the fact-check community to welcome ideas from other areas of expertise,” said a statement on Poynter’s website.
The mission of the Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative is to support innovation projects, new formats and technologies that will benefit the wider global fact-checking ecosystem. (ANI)
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