March 24, 2022
Authority Figures Episode 8: Thinking of Fake News as a Chaos Problem
In this episode of Authority Figures, Aaron Schoenherr speaks with Chandran Sankaran, founder and CEO of Repustar, a novel fact distribution platform that partners with news organizations. The pair will discuss how technology can play a role in fighting so-called “fake news,” and journalism’s pivotal – but changing — role in that fight.
1:23 – Chandran discusses his path to Repustar, what motivated him to found the company and the problems he hopes to help solve through Repustar’s FactSparrow platform.
5:33 – Aaron and Chandran dig deeper into how the FactSparrow platform works and how it functions as an AI bot.
10:24 – Aaron asks Chandran about the reliability of FactSparrow’s sourcing, which is based on principles of good journalism.
16:01 – Chandran details how FactSparrow acts almost as a focus group, spotting topics that are potential areas of misinformation and disinformation.
18:14 – Aaron asks about Chandran’s monetization plans.
19:59 – Aaron and Chandran discuss how corporations might use the tool and consider the evolving importance of corporate responsibility in the era of fake news.
21:48 – Chandran discusses how social media companies, especially Twitter, are more in the business of checking the integrity of information.
23:24 – Aaron and Chandran discuss Greentarget’s 2021 Fake News report – and Chandran reacts to journalists’ perspectives on who is best positioned to combat misinformation and disinformation.
29:55 – If journalists aren’t a complete solution to combat fake news, what else can help?
33:08 – Chandran discusses why he’s hopeful, despite the challenges brought on by fake news.
36:35 – How news activists fit in, in Chandran’s eyes.
39:26 – Does fact-checking have a diminishing impact?
Click here to download Greentarget’s 2021 Fake News report.