Polish Press Agency and GovTech Polska have shared an open source code of the #FakeHunter software to fight the disinformation.
#FakeHunter project, PAP and GovTech, have decided to share the source code with other entities online in order to fight against disinformation. The software will be provided under open license enabling further distribution as well as copying and development.
The aim of both institutions is to minimize the effects of fake news in circulation through verifying and public contradicting.
The #FakeHunter platform has been launched on April the 8th in response to a deluge of false information concerning the Covid-19 pandemic which at that time were posing a risk to human health and security. The example of such a fake news can be made with all the offers of false treatments or even news denying the existence of the same virus, both posing the people to risk of infection enormously.
#FakeHunter is fighting the disinformation by engaging the Internet community. Users have the possibility to report via/through the application a questionable content and after having been verified by public verifiers and PAP experts they receive a reliable answer. All verdicts are made public on fakehunter.pap.pl
After a month since the application has been launched out of all reported contents for checking we disclosed 75 false information on the COVID-19 pandemic.