PAP activates #FakeHunter Chatbot service against coronavirus fake news

"This novatory tool bases on artificial intelligence algorithms, it learns and develops through its interaction with users and from the data they put into it," PAP President Wojciech Surmacz said. Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

The Polish Press Agency (PAP) has activated a new #FakeHunter Chatbot service to verify fake news about the coronavirus epidemic. The service is part of the agency's 2020-launched #FakeHunter project designed to track down fake news about the epidemic.

Commenting on the service, PAP President Wojciech Surmacz said the #FakeHunter Chatbot instrument was AI-based and could verify fake information almost immediately.

"This novatory tool bases on artificial intelligence algorithms, it learns and develops through its interaction with users and from the data they put into it," Surmacz said. He added that in practical terms this meant that the more the #FakeHunter Chatbot service was used, the better it will function.

Surmacz said the #FakeHunter Chatbot service will be a considerable reinforcement for the #FakeHunter project.

The service, launched by PAP in partnership with the government's GovTech Programme, will be initially accessible via Facebook Messenger.

The Polish Press Agency (PAP)is the biggest news agency in Poland, employing 250 journalists and 40 photoreporters. Operating on a 24/7 basis, PAP provides news material to Polish media, institutions, public agencies and enterprise.

The GovTech Programme operates under the patronage of the prime minister' office, its aim is to aid the digitisation of Poland's public administration and commercial sector.