Experts at the University of Liverpool and the University of Dundee have launched a new chatbot-enabled website dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID-related fake news.
Based on the work of the most influential people in the field of philosophy, computational communication specialists at the two universities want to educate the general public about false information related to pandemics.
Fake News Immunity Chatbots use the thoughts and ideas of great classical thinkers such as Aristotle, Socrates, and Georgia to introduce users to rhetorical strategies (or errors) while being sensitive to various fake and semi-fake news items. To test.
The platform educates users on how to navigate false information about the coronavirus in a fascinating quiz-like format. It is known to spread faster than the disease itself.
In August of this year, the BBC reported that between January and March 2020, at least 800 people around the world could have died from false information about the coronavirus.
False information (also known as “semi-fake news”), unlike disinformation and fake news, is classified as misleading but not intentionally created.
“We hope that chatbots will help people develop critical thinking that will help them strengthen their digital literacy and increase their resilience to manipulation of information.” – Dr. Elena Mushi, University of Liverpool
The project is led by Dr. Elena Musi of Liverpool’s Communications and Media Department. She commented: “This is the first attempt to leverage human-computer interaction to enable the general public to acquire the skills needed to recognize the gray areas of false information.
“Our chatbots are unique in that people can be played and trained by the best thinkers and become their own fact checkers. Play alone or encourage family, friends and colleagues to join. You can quiz each other.
“Learning together and helping each other to understand how news is created for different purposes gives us the skills we need to flag misleading content in our news feeds.”
Through the chatbot, the user selects a persona before being guided to a conversation with the three philosophers. Each philosopher shows rhetorical discipline. Aristoteles describes 10 errors. Socrates emphasizes the need to question everything. And Georgians challenge mainstream opinions.
Users working on three unique levels of belief, skepticism, and agnostic must compete for points shaped like gadgets.
“We hope that chatbots will help people develop critical thinking that will help them strengthen their digital literacy and increase their resilience to manipulation of information,” Dr. Musi added.
“By learning important digital literacy together, we can build a healthier, stronger and smarter democracy.”
Chatbot was launched as part of UKRI funding Together: Building Fake News Resistance This project aims to help the general public build a “fake news exemption” to address the proliferation of false information called “information demics” by the World Health Organization.
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Chatbots fighting false alarms on COVID-19 launched by the University of Liverpool and the University of Dundee
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