During these troubled times, one of the deadliest weapons is misinformation. As young connected people we encounter it at every corner of social media. What if we could help people check the information before they forward it?
What it does
You will basically be able to ask a bot directly on social media, by mentioning it below a post, by forwarding an email or message, to check the trustworthiness of the information.
How we built it
We used Snatchbot to deploy our system to different social media such as Facebook, Telegram and emails.
This bot uses Firebase functions coded in nodejs to process requests and compute responses.
Challenges we ran into
Using Firebases and Node.js proved difficult seeing as we did not have too much experience with either system. In the end the database queries were not 100% functional because of these difficulties.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We have a bot that can respond to peoples queries on Facebook, Telegram and via email. This bot can understand if you are sending it a link or a piece of text!
What we learned
When organising this project, we had to think outside of the box to understand what the real issue was. It came down to accessibility of tools. This may seem obvious at first glance but when launching into a project it can be hard to see the bigger picture.
NodeJS is not a trivial development platform but quite powerful all the same. Firebase is extremely useful in cloud computing and the skills developed here can really bring a lot to the table for us.
What's next for FactFox
We are not interested in continuing this project. We still think that this system could be very useful to reduce the amount of misinformation found on social media. We will be happy to share our work to help the community.