How do you recognize April fools instantly

On 1. April, many people send each other in April, and also Newspapers and news sites take advantage of the opportunity, your audience around by the nose. Researchers at the University of Lancaster have found out, how to recognize April fools day and what are the similarities you have with Fake News.

In some social networks, in which Fake News in a targeted and widely scattered, and appears almost every day as the 1. April. Language scientists at the University of Lancaster have joke stylistic similarities in the more than 500 in April, and Fake News, the not on 1. April appeared, and found:

  • Both use a less complex language,
  • are easier to read,
  • are often relatively short,
  • contain more pronouns such as "wir",
  • Details such as names, places, date and time are used less frequently,
  • and often consist of longer sentences, than real news.

"April fools are very useful: they provide us with clues as to the linguistic techniques, if an author writes something Fictional as fact report, camouflaged ist", Edward Dearden of Lancaster University said. The study of these Similarities can provide important insights for the future investigation of fraudulent messages.

On the basis of their results, the researchers have developed a self-learning Software, the April fools day with an accuracy of 75 percent and Fake News to identify 72 percent correct. The experts will 20 their results soon on the. International conference on computational linguistics and Intelligent text processing, in the La Rochelle showcase.


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