The AI will attack in Mexico election of false information

Reuters

An AI-powered search tool is used for monitoring false news and polling station problems in Mexico elections.

Krzana is used by the Verificado 2018 initiative, which was set up by the Mexican media to challenge false information.

The race in Mexico, the election has been deadly, with more than 130 people killed since the campaign began.

Fearing more violence, Verificado plans to use the tool to react quickly to the propaganda on social media and violence aimed at the voters.Poll attacks

Verificado has been implemented by more than 90 organizations, including publishers, media groups, Ngos and universities, and has entered the social media giants Facebook and Google to help monitor the elections.

The strong contested election has been marked by the enlargement of the use of bots and trolls to spread false stories on social media.

Krzana will be used during the weekend of voting, said Toby Abel, Krzana co-founder, with the help of media groups to choose and to respond quickly to false information.

The tool has been taught to analysis and analyze texts, videos and photos on social media to identify the messages and the elements that relate to the candidates and the election.

It can do so more quickly and more comprehensively than a human could, said Mr Abel, but the machine will not be left to decide if what he captures is fake or not.

“To work out if something is fake or not is something that a good journalist can do it very quickly,” said Mr. Abel. “It is incredibly difficult to teach a computer to do the same thing.”

Once the bogus stories have been identified, media groups plan to write a message than to discredit the claims or to show who has put them together.

Verificado 2018

The speed of reaction is essential in the fight false news, ” said Quin Murray, Krzana the other founder.

“It is important to obtain prior to the original has had the chance to spread,” he said, adding that the key has been to tap into the same communication lines, allowing to accelerate the stories people want to read on the social networks.

“Speed is very important because if someone reads a false story and the session that could be the closure of the thought that they are from the left,” he said.

Krzana also looking for information on polling station on the day of the election, as many may become targets for actors who seek to influence the election by deter voters from turning.

“There’s a big enough fear that it’s going to be false information are thrown on attacks and gunfire in the polling stations where one of the parties think they will get more votes,” said Mr. Murray.

Media groups had people ready to travel to stations to verify the allegations of violence or to report if they have been without problem.

Mexico’s general election takes place on 1 July and will see the country, the election of a new government and the president. A long-time advocate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is the front runner and should win the presidential election.