Scrolling through the Internet, one source will tell you what’s truly happening while the next link demonstrates the next apocalyptic prediction and how this time, it’s accurate. This issue grows annually as more people use social media and the internet to gain knowledge on current news, meaning that a decent amount of what people read is not the truth. While it is sometimes easy to decipher false news stories, the issue is becoming more prevalent in modern day because 62% of United States adults get their newsfeed from Facebook news stories (Stanford). After the 2016 United States Presidential, “fake news” has been a heavily discussed topic among people and the media and there does not currently seem to be a viable solution to the problem.
However, our team is working to amend this problem in its development and release of Newsence, a news outlet that uses source matching and behind-the-scenes algorithms to siphon out and eliminate the sharing of fake news stories. Our goal is to deliver the true news, with complete and accurate facts, while highlighting the source so that bias is noticed before reading the article. Newsence currently cross-references news sources with LexisNexis, an academic database, that produces reliable and accurate sources.