Inspiration

There was a video circulating the internet of President Trump suggesting disinfectant injections to cure coronavirus. While mildly amusing, it highlights how prevalent misinformation is. Thus, the website was named don't inject bleach.

What it does

Fake news and biased articles are everywhere, making it hard to find credible news sources during a pandemic. We created your average person's news feed about coronavirus and used an AI called FakeBox to help identify items that might be credible. This website will rate each article on a scale of 0-10, with 0 being biased and untrustworthy and 10 being factual and impartial. It will also show you the category of articles (political content, satire, etc.) that typically come from each source. These ratings are subjective, and they only suggest bias based on language.

How I built it

I built a react webapp that uses a news search API to request articles related to COVID-19, then I used a model trained to recognize fake news called FakeBox to evaluate the articles and display it to users.

Challenges I ran into

I originally wanted to host this website on firebase, and I even purchased a domain for it (dontinjectbleach.tech), but sadly, I ran into mixed content errors since my FakeBox did not have security certificates. The demo is still available locally, but the online version still has bugs and will not load any news articles.

Sleep deprivation also made thinking about this project a lot harder than usual.

What's next for COVID-19 intelligent news feed

I'd like to fix the mix content errors and add features that allow users to toggle different types of searches for their own articles and/or topics of interest

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