Though I love to read juicy gossip on my Facebook feed, it scares me how quickly false information can spread on the internet. However, social media can also be used for good, such as in disaster relief and education. So how should we distinguish between rumours and reality?
The Pheme project, led by Sheffield University, aims to create a social media lie detector. It will cleverly identify false information, so emergency services can respond more quickly to real events. It's comforting to know that some people are out to help us sort through this unreliable torrent of information.