Fighting the Spread of Misinformation

It was 2012. Tim Weninger was a Ph.D. student surfing Facebook and Reddit. As a computer scientist, his procrastination took a turn when he noticed some alarming trends on the sites. The Islamic State group, commonly known as ISIS, was on the rise in Syria and was using social media to effectively convert and recruit young terrorists from the West. How, Weninger wondered, did they have such sway?

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October 1, 2018

Science and TechnologyMisinformationCollege of EngineeringCommunicationComputer Science and EngineeringInternetResearchSocial MediaTerrorismTimothy Weninger

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