In order to fight the menace of fake news on social media, three students of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi have developed an app called ‘WhatsFarzi’. The app scans through the internet content and collect the news on topics to verify their credibility from the credible sources.
The app is also capable of verifying whether an image or video has been tampered with.
“One of my students started researching on the rapid spread of fake content on Twitter and Facebook, which inspired him to develop a Google Chrome browser extension for both the platforms. The continuous research by the team gradually gave birth to WhatsFarzi, which is now helping the vexed Indians to fight back such terrors”, said Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, associate professor at IIIT-Delhi.
‘WhatsFarzi’ app is the brain child of three computer science students from IIIT Delhi namely -- Madhur Tandon (22), Suryatej Reddy Vyalla (20) and Dhruv Kuchhal (23).
Suryatej Reddy, a third-year student, said, “We use a knowledge graph to extract relevant information from people, organizations, locations and products available on the internet, update this graph with credible news, and store it in a secured database. We follow this process to verify textual