Posts in Fake News
Lost In Translation: News About North Korea Is Tricky

Anyone trying to follow the situation in North Korea the past few months might be feeling the pangs of whiplash. Today, these two headlines existed on a single webpage hosted by www.foxnews.com. From this news feed it appears North Korea has managed to back down and level new threats in the same moment. 

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Facebook takes context-based approach to fake news problem, Grapple is next

Facebook's playbook of fake news mitigation strategies is beginning to look more like our project at Grapple. The social media behemoth plans to start offering "related stories" alongside news posts beginning this week, allowing readers to see potentially conflicting information on a news story.

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Do you know where you are on the internet?

Per the laws of physics, us humans live in a relativistic world. Is the hill small or large? An answer depends on where the subject of the question is standing in relation to said hill. New information is always colored by some aspect of physical perspective. "Did you hear John is going to quit," one brand of office gossip might go around. "No, where did you hear that," is a natural and common answer to such untested news. 

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Grapple: Misinformation surrounding the White House and the FBI Investigation

Even if you haven't grown a mustache, or stocked up on paisley shirts, news out of Washington this week might have you feeling that 1970s funk. Plenty have rushed to compare Donald Trump's termination of FBI Director James Comey to Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, when the president fired Archibald Cox. (Cox was the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate burglary in 1973. Nixon resigned pending indictment in the break-in about one year later.)

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Grapple: James Comey did not invoke the "pee tape" after being fired

The "pee tape" is a reference to part of a British intelligence agent's dossier publicized several months ago claiming Russian intelligence had a video tape of Trump paying prostitutes to urinate on his bed at a Moscow hotel. Former FBI director Jim Comey, on his way home after finding out on television that he'd been FIRED by Donald Trump, POTUS, tweeted the following, according to some dude (dudette) on twitter:

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We're on a collision course with fake news, hit the throttle

Grapple's fake news fact checking software is about to collide with the upper echelons of the tech business. Tuesday beckons Collision Conference, a three day New Orleans exposition featuring startup companies, Fortune 500 CEOs and some of the brightest minds in technology fields ranging from artificial intelligence to big data to social networking. Grapple will be attending the international conference as part of the Alpha entry program, which affords promising startups discounted admission and a suite of services to foster connections with human resources, investors and business partnerships. 

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The week in fake news: did a Muslim woman ignore a dying man in Paris?

There were about 10 million new articles published online since Monday, and a great number of them weren't fact checked before authors clicked publish. That's what Grapple is here for. As we continue to build a company to develop automated fact checking software, we will keep tabs on the most widely spread falsehoods and half-troths found on the web and social media this week. 

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Grapple: a fog of fake and shoddy news surrounds North Korea

Is the United States on the verge of war with North Korea? Is a U.S. Naval fleet steaming at full speed toward the coast of the so-called hermit kingdom, with militaristic resolve? Headlines in recent weeks paint the two nuclear powers on a collision course, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raising the spectre of a missile launch and the United States apparantly gearing up for battle.

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