EECS sophomore Rohan Phadte and Interdisciplinary Studies major Ash Bhat have built a Messenger bot called NewsBot to help users discern whether articles are “fake news” on Facebook. Besides determining the validity of an article, it also offers a barometer that shows where an article might fit on the left-right bias spectrum, and is one of the only tools of its kind. The idea for the algorithm first came to them during machine-learning classes. Although it still has some bugs, they are making updates every day and the tool will improve as more users provide feedback. “We want people to read more than just the headline. We want them to understand what the news they see says and who it’s coming from.” Bhat says. Read the article on Mic.