NewsBot AI

Bot that measures political bias in articles

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kurt braget@kurtybot · developer, entrepreneur
Some feedback: out of the 10 articles that I saw, 9 of them were all left liberal biased. I would intro the tool by trying to provide a better mix. A tool of revealing bias shouldn't be so biased, in other words :P As a user, I feel like there would be a lot of friction in having to consult with a bot every time I wanted to view an article's bias. This product would be much better as a layer of metadata on top of an article, for example, a chrome plugin. The "bot" would become smarter much faster this way. Also, the usage / metrics / retention would be astronomically higher this way. Pretty cool though, I think tools like this will definitely grow in popularity, and hopefully, can let people know when they are engaging in confirmation bias (mostly liberals :P). This is pretty cool :D
Ash BhatMaker@theashbhat · maker and breaker of things
@kurtybot thanks for the feedback Kurt! I think you're referencing the intro which pulls the top news stories from Google News. It's pulling the most popular stories regardless of bias. My hunch is that with the recent news from the Trump administration, left leaning sources are getting more traction (thus the 9/10 of top stories being left biased). We can change this intro to be half and half left and right, but then we run into the problem of artificially increasing the relevance of less popular news stories with either leaning (according to google news). I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. You can send NewsBot any article via a link.
Tiffany ZhongMaker@tzhongg · something new! formerly @ProductHunt
@theashbhat @kurtybot yeah our next step is to build a chrome extension! would be super useful for sure
Jerry Becker@beckerjs · All Around Good Guy
@kurtybot : totally agree with your feedback - especially the chrome plugin idea. eliminate the friction by fully integrating the value of the algorithm into the user's already-existing news reading experience. that would be a great next-step if the bot mvp validates the problem/solution
Tiffany ZhongMaker@tzhongg · something new! formerly @ProductHunt
I've known @theashbhat for 3 years now and I'm pumped to finally be working on a project with him. Obviously, there's been lots of fake news and political drama happening right now so we decided to build a Facebook bot that has one of the best models in predicting political bias as well as summarizing articles (85% on our sample set but we've changed and improved the model since then). Play with it yourself and let us know what you think! Doesn't require downloading anything.
Ash BhatMaker@theashbhat · maker and breaker of things
@tzhongg likewise :)
Parker Woodward@parkerwoodward · AI to automate
@tzhongg @theashbhat Nice work! Can't wait to see how this evolves if it does.
John SchenkHiring@johnschenk · Founder at Taffy
@tzhongg @theashbhat This is pretty cool. Now if only you can "neutralize" that bias! 🤣
Alexandre Mouriec@mrcalexandre · CS @ IUT Lannion | Stuffi | Argos VR
Congrats on the launch @ali_wetrill @theashbhat @tzhongg 👍👏 It's a fantastic way to use a chatbot to help reduce fake news and the spread of fake information. As a French, I don't know very well the bias of every sources so that's also helpful for that. With the French elections recently, your chatbot would have been very useful against fake news😕 As a chatbot maker, i would love to learn more about the tools you used to build it if it's not secret ? :)
Ash BhatMaker@theashbhat · maker and breaker of things
@mrcalexandre yea! Our magic is mostly ML classifiers that we built from scratch. UC Berkeley has an amazing ML course called CS189, and I took Andrew Ng's coursera course (Stanford's equivalent) which is also very good. Outside of that, no real additional tools. It's a pretty straightforward server that gets requests from Facebook and responds via webhooks! 😊
Tiffany ZhongMaker@tzhongg · something new! formerly @ProductHunt
@mrcalexandre @ali_wetrill @theashbhat thanks for the support alexandre!
Alexandre Mouriec@mrcalexandre · CS @ IUT Lannion | Stuffi | Argos VR
@theashbhat Thanks so much for your help and for sharing how you built it 😄 Iwill check out Andrew Ng's coursera course
William LeGate@williamlegate
I've been using it for several days now… the AI article summaries are very impressive. Congrats to @theashbhat & the team!
Ash BhatMaker@theashbhat · maker and breaker of things
@williamlegate thanks William!
carlos garcia@androidlove · Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
Need a bot that determines political funding behind political bots like this. 🙃
Ash BhatMaker@theashbhat · maker and breaker of things
@androidlove haha, we're a bunch of UC Berkeley students that are completely self funded 😄