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College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news

  • Open Mind is an extension for Google’s Chrome browser which has been created by Yale students
  • They say it will be able to detect bias in news articles by using sentiment analysis 
  • The plug-in will also tell an internet user if their browser history is balanced 
  • They plan to take their product to a meeting with members of Congress next year 

A team of college students has come up with an internet browser plug-in that identifies fake and biased news stories and then steers the user to alternative articles.

‘Open Mind’ was created this month as an extension for Google’s Chrome browser during a problem-solving competition known as a hackathon at Yale University.

The four-member team comprised of students from Yale, the California Institute of Technology and Waterloo University in Ontario won a challenge from Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism to find a way to combat fake news.

Their plug-in uses sentiment analysis technology to analyze articles for bias. 

It also can show a reader whether their news browsing history is balanced or not.

The group will be meeting this spring with members of Congress to discuss their creation.

Yale students Michael Lopez-Brau and Stefan Uddenberg, two of the creators of ‘Open Mind,’pose at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut

The plug-in works by using what they call sentiment analysis to detect bias in articles. It will also tell an internet user if their browser history is balanced 

The plug-in works by using what they call sentiment analysis to detect bias in articles. It will also tell an internet user if their browser history is balanced 



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk