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An avatar of Auntie Meiyu, the fact-checking chat bot

Taiwanese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence bot that interjects in real time when it detects factual errors and alternative explanations in posts about the news.

Credit: The Wall Street Journal

Taiwanese researchers have developed Meiyu, an artificial intelligence bot that interjects in real time when it detects posts about the news, identifying factual errors and alternative interpretations.

The technology is a step ahead of most fact-checking apps, including versions offered in Brazil and Indonesia, which do not jump into conversations.

The bot now has more than 110,000 users on the Japanese messaging app Line, which covers about 90% of the mobile messaging market in Taiwan.

Carol Hsu, the app's developer, is trying to make the bot's pronouncements sound more conversational, and there is now a standard self-introduction whenever Meiyu is added to a group.

Meiyu is not designed to collect personal data on users, and the free app relies on an open-source fact-checking resource in Taiwan called CoFacts.

From The Wall Street Journal
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