Data & News Verification Weekly (October 15, 2018)

October 15, 2018

Every week, we will provide interesting links to resources from around the web regarding data integration, news verification and fact-checking. Here is our list for this week.

According to, the study Predicting Factuality of Reporting and Bias of News Media Sources, forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language, reveals key features of false news web sites that might be less visible to human fact checkers but can tab a bad news source. Among them:

[…] specific patterns of so-called “function words” that give a more spoken feel to a news article, as opposed to the far more common “content words.” Mainstream news editors clamp down fast and hard on too many function words, but fake news sites may not be edited at all. Continue reading.