Takis Metaxas and Sam Finn

Wellesley researchers are about to take the social media world by storm.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Wellesley computer scientists—including professor P. Takis Metaxas, assistant professor Eni Mustafaraj, and Samantha Finn ’12—have invented TwitterTrails, a Web-based interactive tool that uses an algorithm to measure the trustworthiness of a tweet. The tool not only measures how widely a claim has spread on Twitter, but also skepticism—how much doubt exists about the validity of the claim. Though still in its early stages, TwitterTrails is rapidly gaining attention from journalists, who rely on social media feeds as part of their reporting.

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