Conservatives the world over are breathing a collective sigh of relief at the news that George Soros is funding an automated fact-checking software tool for journalists. The software is being developed by a British organization called Full Fact with a investment of $500 million from Hungarian financier George Soros and liberal eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
The software developers are calling the tool an “immune system” against fake news, as they twirl their mustaches.
The Guardian reports that journalists in the UK will begin using a test version being rolled out in October. The system monitors politicians’ statements through real-time sources in order to provide an instant verdict on their truthfulness.
By scanning the subtitles of live news programs, broadcasts of Parliament, the Hansard parliamentary record, and newspaper articles the system will also find examples of politicians repeating claims Full Fact has already examined.
The Guardian viewed another version of the software in which “fact checks” popped up on the screen as politicians were speaking to judge the veracity of their claims.
“Modern technology allows misleading claims to be spread at a faster rate than ever before,” said Full Fact director Will Moy. “The next step is to develop a global infrastructure for automated fact-checking.”
A spokesman for Soros’s Open Society Foundations, said: “Independent, reliable journalism is the cornerstone of open societies and through these new, transformative tools Full Fact will make a vital contribution to defending and strengthening this work.”
The question in some minds is, given Soros’s far left political views and history of trying to re-fashion western society, who will fact-check the fact-checkers?