Three Polish institutions to fight fake news on financial market

Commenting on the project, PAP's President Wojciech Surmacz noted that "enabling the use, copying, development and further dissemination of this tool in this difficult time is part of the concern for health and social security." Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

The Polish Press Agency (PAP), GovTech Polska, a Polish government technological agency, and the Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) will jointly fight disinformation on the Polish financial market under their #FakeHunter fake news-busting software.

The #FakeHunter platform was launched on April 8 in response to the overflow of false information concerning the Covid-19 pandemic that posed a serious threat to the safety and health of society. The fake news ranged from offers of false treatments to denials of the virus's very existence.

PAP and GovTech, under the #FakeHunter project, offer the source code to the disinformation-fighting tool to other entities under an open license that allows the copying, development and further distribution of the software.

Following the success of #FakeHunter, three Polish institutions decided to join forces and fight disinformation on the financial market.

Kamil Mroczka from KNF said that the problem of fake news is a real threat to the security of Poland's financial system, and KNF decided to limit "chain" use of false information so as not to infect other people. "It is necessary to put a kind of dam on it," he said.

Commenting on the project, PAP's President Wojciech Surmacz noted that "enabling the use, copying, development and further dissemination of this tool in this difficult time is part of the concern for health and social security."

 The fact checking software, under the terms of the open MIT license, is available at https://github.com/govtech-polska.