LinkedIn, Twitter try to make sense of online content and trends

The social media platforms revealed measures designed to fact-check articles and offer context for popular topics.

Social media sites LinkedIn and Twitter wouldn’t just like to have your time—they’d also like your trust.

LinkedIn recently filed for a patent for a fact-checking system, according to Gizmodo. The system will compare information posted against additional sources and provide users a way to get more context to understand the posted news or trend.

Gizmodo’s Matt Novak explains:

The twist? It’s not just for verifying information from the consumer’s side—something that Facebook has experimented with by adding “satire” tags to articles from places like The Onion. The patent also seems to cover the accuracy of what the producer is inputting into the system as well. Think of it like an automated spell-checker, but for facts.

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