Truth of Varying Shades: Analyzing Language in Fake News and Political Fact-Checking

@inproceedings{Rashkin2017TruthOV,
  title={Truth of Varying Shades: Analyzing Language in Fake News and Political Fact-Checking},
  author={Hannah Rashkin and Eunsol Choi and Jin Yea Jang and Svitlana Volkova and Yejin Choi},
  booktitle={Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing},
  year={2017}
}
We present an analytic study on the language of news media in the context of political fact-checking and fake news detection. We compare the language of real news with that of satire, hoaxes, and propaganda to find linguistic characteristics of untrustworthy text. To probe the feasibility of automatic political fact-checking, we also present a case study based on PolitiFact.com using their factuality judgments on a 6-point scale. Experiments show that while media fact-checking remains to be an… 

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