February 20, 2014 | Jasmine

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.

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Lady Kenai

February 21, 2014 at 08:53

I have always treated the internet as a public place. Everyone should! You shouldn't do or say anything that you wouldn't do or say in front of someone in real life. I have seen some people in live chat rooms that just come there to 'troll' or just to watch people that 'troll'. I see also they say "here in chat we can be what we can't be in real life" I do not agree with this at all. I could go on ... ~treat others as if they were you

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