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Researchers from five European universities are working on a system to sort the truth from the lies on social media by determining the accuracy of the content being shared.

The aim of the EU-funded project, known as PHEME, is to allow governments and emergency services to examine how a rumour was spread and where it originated, to determine the reliability of the source.

The three-year project is being led by researchers from Sheffield University, and aims to slow the spread of false rumours about the deaths of public figures or other hoax stories which spread rapidly, especially at times of strife.

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