AI and Blockchain: The Dynamic Duo Battling Fake News!

August 16, 2023
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The digital age, while a boon in many respects, has also ushered in the era of misinformation. Fake news, a term now entrenched in our lexicon, poses significant threats to society, swaying public opinion, inciting unwarranted panic, and even influencing democratic processes. However, the very technology that has facilitated the spread of fake news might also be its antidote. Recent research from Binghamton University and findings presented in the SPIE Digital Library highlight the potential of machine learning and blockchain in this battle against misinformation.

Binghamton University’s School of Management, led by Thi Tran, has developed a machine learning framework that evaluates the potential harm of content. This system, as Tran elaborates, is designed to be “flexible in adapting to contextual changes through time,” addressing the limitations of purely technical systems. The framework considers various stakeholders in the fake news ecosystem, from the creators and senders to the mitigators. “Your educational level or political beliefs, among other things, can play a role in whether you are likely to trust one misinformation message or not,” Tran points out. This comprehensive approach aims to create a ‘harm index’ to gauge the potential damage misinformation might inflict.

Another paper from the SPIE Digital Library delves into the unique capabilities of blockchain technology in combating fake news. Authored by Anh Dang, the paper underscores blockchain’s transparency and reliability features, such as smart contracts and securely stored hashtags. Blockchain’s use in combating fake news is still in its early stages, but its promise is clear. The paper suggests a new framework that combines several theories to study how users might accept blockchain systems designed to fight misinformation.


The rise of fake news on social media platforms has had “devastating consequences,” as Dang’s paper highlights. The transparency and reliability features of blockchain, including smart contracts and securely stored hashtags, make it a formidable tool against misinformation. The paper emphasizes the need for empirical and systematic testing of blockchain’s applicability in real-life contexts and gauging user acceptance.

The convergence of AI and blockchain offers a multi-pronged approach to tackle the fake news menace. While machine learning can sift through vast amounts of data to detect misinformation patterns, blockchain can ensure the authenticity and traceability of information sources.

However, as Subramaniam Vincent from Santa Clara University reminds us, the fight against misinformation isn’t solely a technological one. It requires a cultural and political shift, necessitating collaboration between AI industry actors, media companies, and a renewed emphasis on democratic values.

In summary, as the digital world changes, so do its problems. However, with AI and blockchain working together, we can hope for a more truthful internet.

“Your educational level or political beliefs, among other things, can play a role in whether you are likely to trust one misinformation message or not.” – Thi Tran

“Individuals are easily exposed to fake news on social media, which could lead to devastating consequences.” – Anh Dang

Rahul Somvanshi

Rahul, possessing a profound background in the creative industry, illuminates the unspoken, often confronting revelations and unpleasant subjects, navigating their complexities with a discerning eye. He perpetually questions, explores, and unveils the multifaceted impacts of change and transformation in our global landscape. As an experienced filmmaker and writer, he intricately delves into the realms of sustainability, design, flora and fauna, health, science and technology, mobility, and space, ceaselessly investigating the practical applications and transformative potentials of burgeoning developments.

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