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MIT Graduate develops an algorithm that lets you authenticate a piece of news ‘Logically’

As educated and sophisticated members of our society that we all believe ourselves to be, it is hard to admit that our opinions and beliefs that we advocate loud and proud are seldom completely ours and how much an attractively formatted WhatsApp message forwarded by a close contact can affect our social and political understanding.

In these times, when our fragile comprehension of all worldly phenomena relies largely on people-driven, mainstream social media, our immunity to “fake news” is inevitably and unfortunately lowered and the line between smoke and fire is dangerously thinned. People who benefit from the pliable vulnerability of the population are abundant- from charlatans to mavericks; the spreading of caustic misinformation can be born out of ignorance, dogmatism or propagandist intentions. 

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