Schultz’s script, which he calls “Truth Goggles,” (not Googles, as I originally wrote) is still in a very early state. At the moment he is using Politifact and NewsTrust APIs as his sources, and has a system of breaking down articles into snippets, which are essentially chunks containing a verifiable claim and some context.
I’m working on a magical button. This button, when pressed, will tell you (an average person who just wants to know what is happening in this crazy world) what is true and what is false on the web site you are viewing. I have a fair amount of the platform finished already and you can check it out here.
The next steps are:
Designing and implementing the snippet creation process
Designing an interface to present the verdicts and claim information in more detail
Writing scripts to update the claims with the latest results from fact checking databases
The long term ways that this project could be expanded are:
Incorporating social media to aid in claim and verdict mining
Adding in the ability to view news through the lens of RELATIVE
truths rather than just the attempted absolute truth. For instance,
what would a superliberal democrat believe? What would a tea party
member believe? What do people from Ohio think?