Research Paper by Tanbih’s team Accepted at COLING-2022

Tanbih’s team published a paper at COLING-2022 titled “A Survey on Multimodal Disinformation Detection”.

The paper sheds light on the spread of fake news, propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation in online platform, a phenomenon that witnessed a huge increase in the recent years. The study distinguishes itself from other similar research by discussing a combination of modalities that includes text, images, speech, video, social media network structure, and temporal information. below is the abstract of the paper:

“Recent years have witnessed the proliferation of offensive content online such as fake news, propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation. While initially this was mostly about textual content, over time images and videos gained popularity, as they are much easier to consume, attract more attention, and spread further than text. As a result, researchers started leveraging different modalities and combinations thereof to tackle online multimodal offensive content. In this study, we offer a survey on the state-of-the-art on multimodal disinformation detection covering various combinations of modalities: text, images, speech, video, social media network structure, and temporal information. Moreover, while some studies focused on factuality, others investigated how harmful the content is. While these two components in the definition of disinformation – (i) factuality, and (ii) harmfulness –, are equally important, they are typically studied in isolation. Thus, we argue for the need to tackle disinformation detection by taking into account multiple modalities as well as both factuality and harmfulness, in the same framework. Finally, we discuss current challenges and future research directions.”

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