Twitter announces Fabula AI acquisition to combat 'fake news'

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Twitter has acquired a London-based machine learning startup in its fight to stem the tide of 'fake news' online.

The social media company will buy Fabula AI, which uses what it calls "geometric deep learning" to help authenticate information found online.

Its system is made up of algorithms that learn from and analyse large data sets gathered from social network activity.

It is thought that Fabula's tech will be used by a research group at Twitter set up to harness advanced machine learning techniques with a particular focus on natural language processing and deep learning across social graphs.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The move is the latest in a series of developments amongst social networks trying to combat the spread of misinformation online.

Last month Instagram announced that it would begin fact-checking posts, using dozens of worldwide fact-checking partners gathered by its parent company Facebook.

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