Posts in Politics
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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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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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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