Twitter Buys AI Startup Fabula That Spots Fake News

Posted: Jun 4 2019, 5:21am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Twitter buys AI startup Fabula that spots fake news
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The London startup claims to detect fake news with 93% accuracy.

Online news and social networking service Twitter said in a blog post June 3 that it acquired machine learning startup Fabula AI for an undisclosed sum to help it detect network manipulation.

In February, the London-based startup unveiled its patented Geometric Deep Learning technology that is able to identify fake news 93% of the time within hours of its release.

Twitter, along with tech giants Google and Facebook, are facing criticisms from the European Commission over their measures to address false information. The EU on May 17 reprimanded the online platforms over failing to commit to the Code of Practice on Disinformation entered into in September 2018 to tackle misinformation ahead of the European Parliament elections.

Twitter’s acquisition of Fabula could help it meet regulatory requirements. In its Feb. 11 release, Fabula stressed on the importance of its fake news tracker as the subject was in the limelight during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, as well as the Brexit vote in the U.K.

“The fake news phenomenon is a global problem considered very seriously by governments as a threat to democracy and even a threat to human lives. It also presents potentially the biggest existential threat to the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, who face the prospect of government regulation and large-scale economic fines if they fail to bring fake news under control,” Fabula had said.

Most recently, Twitter indicated that it wants to take advantage of Fabula’s graph deep learning to detect network manipulation. The program is used in applying powerful machine learning techniques to network-structured data, making it possible for the company to analyze very large and complex datasets.

“This strategic investment in graph deep learning research, technology and talent will be a key driver as we work to help people feel safe on Twitter and help them see relevant information,” the social media giant said.

The company added that Fabula’s technology will also allow Twitter to assess the Twitter graph, consisting of tweets, retweets and likes shared on the platform every day. This way, Twitter could improve the “health of the conversation,” and products including the timeline, recommendations, the explore tab and the onboarding experience, Twitter added.

The transaction follows Twitter’s investments in machine learning, including its acquisition of Madbits in 2014, Whetlab in 2015 and Magic Pony in 2016.

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