Could language be the key to detecting fake news? | David Shariatmadari

Purveyors of disinformation can be caught out by the particular words they use, says Guardian writer and editor David Shariatmadari The internet represents the biggest explosion of data in human history. Theres more out there, and more access to it than ever before. The information ecosystem is a bit like a tropical rainforest: luxuriant, dense and fiercely competitive. As such, it contains its fair share of predators and poisonous plants. Deliberately misleading articles, websites and social media posts can come about for lots of different reasons: they might be trying to influence elections or policies; they might represent a form of cyberwarfare between states; they might be aimed at raising someones profile and influence, or discrediting their opponents. Or they …