Fake News Detector For Firefox Is Coming After The Harvest Festival Holiday

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The excellent "Fake News Detector" web browser extension is currently only available for the NAVER whale and Microsoft Edge web browsers. "Fake News Detector" developer Suh Kwangho (서광호) from the SoundsGreat Research and Development department told us that this will change after the Korean Chuseok (추석) harvest festival holiday when a Firefox version will become available. He also told us about the motivation for creating the "Fake News Detector" and SoundsGreat's future plans for it.

written by 권유리 (Kwon Yu-ri)  2020-09-30 - last edited 2020-09-30. © CC BY

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The "Fake News Detector" web browser extension, on Linux in the NAVER whale web browser, when casting a vote on a important news story with factual information.

The South Korean-made Fake News Detector web browser extensions allows users of that extension to vote on what is and isn't fake news and see what opinions other users of that extension have given. It is a welcome alternative to the big foundation-funded "fact checking" websites that will tell you pigs can fly if their owners want that to be a part of public perception.

Fake News Detector is currently only available for the NAVER whale and Microsoft Edge web browsers. The South Korean NAVER whale web browser is currently the only one of those available for GNU/Linux, though Microsoft has promised that Edge for Linux will become available in October 2020.

Fake News Detector developer Suh Kwangho (서광호) from the SoundsGreat Research and Development department has revealed to us that a Mozilla Firefox version of the Fake News Detector extension will become available after the Korean Chuseok (추석) harvest festival holiday. This years Chuseok holiday falls on September 30th to October 2nd. It is a time for great joy. The 2020 Idol Star Athletics Championship will take place during this holiday - without a live audience despite many concerns that it will allow boy idols to mingle with girl idols without fan supervision.

Suh Kwangho (서광호) was very forth-coming when we reached out to him with a series of questions regarding the Fake News Detector.

Q: Do you plan on making versions available in the Chrome web store and the Firefox extension store in the near future?

Fake News Detector is currently only available in the Microsoft add-ons store and the Naver whale store.

Adding it to the Google Web store is not possible.

We plan to add it to the Firefox extension store in the week following the Chuseok holiday.

==> 현재 MS Add ons와 Naver whale store 두 군데에만 등록되어 있습니다.

Google chrome web store는 운영되지 얺아 등록이 불가능합니다.

Firefox extension store에는 추석 연휴 다음주 안으로 등록을 완료할 계획입니다.

Q: Why is there no direct download link to the extension anywhere on http://soundsgreat.kr/install/ ? More advanced users would be able to install it directly. Several other extensions like Ublock Origin have direct download links on their homepage. Why does Fake news detector not have a direct download link?

We plan on only distributing it through the official stores provided by the web browser manufacturers.

We have no plans to distribute it using direct links.

We will place a installation link to the respective web browser stores on the http://soundsgreat.kr/install/ page in the near future.

==> 웹브라우저 제조사가 제공하는 store를 통해서만 배포할 계획입니다.

direct link를 통한 배포는 앞으로 계획에 없습니다.

조만간 http://soundsgreat.kr/install/ 페이지에 각 웹브라우저 스토어별 설치 링크를 넣어두도록 하겠습니다.

Q: Why did you create the Fake News Detector browser extension?

I have read and seen many media articles and social media posts with false information. I became convinced that it would be a good idea to let others let me know about fake news.

As an example, if you were sitting next to a close friend and you opened an article that friend might tell you:

"This article is fake. Don't read it". It is your decision whether to continue reading or not, but it can affect the credibility of the article.

We developed from our hearts with the intent of providing help to people so they are not fooled by false articles.

==> 제가 거짓 정보가 포함된 언론사 기사나 Social media 게시물을 읽거나 볼 때 다른 누군가가 저에게 알려줬으면 좋겠다는 아이디어에 착안했습니다.

예를 들어, A 언론사 홈페이지에서 어떤 기사 페이지를 열어서 막 읽으려고 할 때 옆에 있던 친구가

"이 기사 가짜야. 읽지마." 라고 말해주는 거죠. 그다음 계속 읽을지 말지는 자신의 결정이지만 기사의 신뢰도엔 영향을 줄 수 있습니다.

사람들이 거짓 기사에 속지 않는 데 작은 도움을 줄 수 있으면 하는 마음으로 개발했습니다.

Q: What are the advantages Fake news detector has over trusted Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and Soros Foundation funded "Fack Checking" services on the web?

Excuse me, but I don't understand, exactly, what you are asking.

Our fake news detector is the exact opposite of the Bill and Melinda Gates and the opposite of Soros.

What are the merits of receiving funding by pretending to be a geniune "Fack Checking" service?

I don't know what more to say because these are very big names that I never thought of.

==> 실례지만 무엇을 묻는 질문인지 정확히 이해가 되지 않습니다.

저희 Fake news detector가 Bill and Melinda Gates 제단과 Soros 제단에서

"Fack Checking" 서비스로 funding 받을 만한 장점이 무엇이냐는 질문으로 이해한다면

생각지도 못한 너무 큰 이름들이 나와서 무슨 말을 드려야 할지 모르겠습니다.

Q: Which web browser do you prefer?

I have been using Google Chrome for a long time, and I've recently started using NAVER whale and Microsoft Edge in parallel.

There is no problem with compatibility in recent web browsers, so you do not run into any big problems regardless of what web browser you use.

I prefer Microsoft Edge or Naver Whale, which both provide extended functionality, both are lightweight (good performance) and easy to use.

==> 구글 크롬을 오랜 기간 사용해오다 최근 ms edge와 naver whale을 병행해 사용하는 중입니다.

최근 웹브라우저들의 호완성에는 문제가 없어서 어느 브라우저를 사용하건 큰 문제를 느끼지 못하고 있어서

확장 기능을 제공하고 가벼우면서(성능이 좋은) 사용성이 좋은 ms edge나 naver whale을 선호합니다.

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Fact, not fiction: IZ*ONE member Jang Wonyoung is so pretty.

Q: The web page soundsgreat.kr/home/ appears to have examples of user recommendations for what is fact and fiction. It currently says "입덕직캠 아이즈원 장원영 직캠 4K 'Pretty’ (IZ*ONE Jang Wonyoung FanCam) | @MCOUNTDOWN_2020.6.18 is fact. This seems to be true, Jang Wonyoung is, in fact, very pretty. Do users of the "Fake news detector" extension typically label important news like Jang Wonyoung FanCam correctly or do users if this extension sometimes mislabel it?

Here's a funny story: Fake News Detector v1.0 was initially released in early August 2020.

No fake news reports have been received. I even tried to find and report a fake news article myself.

I failed to find any fake news articles. Fake news is, somehow, an accidental exception that does happen from tiem to time.

We decided that we need other functionality to increase the number of fake news detector users, so we added the Fact news recommendation function.

As I tested this feature, Korean pop music videos and articles begun appearing on our page listing user recommendations. For reference, I do like k-pop.

I am specially fund of IZ*ONE member Jang Wonyoung (장원영).

I hope we will be able to keep our website up because we are rapidly gaining many new users.

==> 여기엔 웃지못할 사연이 있습니다. 지난 8월 초 처음 Fake news detector v1.0을 배포하고 최근 몇일 전까지

Fake news 신고가 한 건도 접수되지 않았습니다. 저 혼자라도 Fake news 기사를 찾아서 신고하려고 시도해 봤지만

Fake news 기사를 발견하는 데 실패했습니다. 아무래도 Fake news 기사는 어쩌다 가끔 나오는 사고 같은 것이어서

Fake news detector 사용자를 늘릴려면 다른 기능이 필요하다고 판단해 Fact news 추천 기능을 추가했습니다.

제가 이 기능을 테스트하면서 Kpop 동영상과 기사가 홈페이지에 올라오게 되었습니다. 참고로 제가 kpop을 좋아하고

특별히 걸그룹 izone 멤버 장원영을 좋아합니다. 빨리 사용자가 많아져서 사이트가 제대로 작동되면 좋겠습니다.

Q: Do you personally use free software operating systems like HamoniKR or do you prefer proprietary software like Windows and macOS?

I used to use Ubuntu and Debian Linux on my desktop. That was a very long time ago.

I am currently using Windows 10 on my desktop computer. I would like to use Linux or macOS for development, but I am not allowed to due to circumstances.

==> 오래전 우분투와 데비안 리눅스를 데스크탑 os로 사용해본 적이 있지만 너무 오래전이 돼버렸습니다.

지금은 윈도우10을 데스크탑 os로 사용하고 있습니다. 개발용으로 리눅스나 mac os를 사용해보고 싶지만 지금은 여건상 허락되지 않습니다.

Q: Why is "Fake news detector" limited to a list of hard-coded sites? Would it not be possible to make it possible to vote on any URL? I do not know how you manage the votes but it would surely be possible to just hash URLs and store URL hash + vote in a database and create those as needed?

There are several reasons why we have limited the number of websites you can vote and recommend/report on.

First of all, it is a performance concern. The extension will query our server so it can you what the results are for a given website. Allowing users to vote on any website would result in more queries. We decided to limit the number of sites you can vote on because we were concerned that our server may not be able to handle all the traffic that would come if we allowed users to vote on any and all sites.

It is also a question of data accuracy. We can do several things if we have a lot of data, and we plan to try several things, but we need accurate data to do this.

We determined that it is important to collect accurate data that tells you who, when, and which articles were written by which media outlets, and which articles were reported as fake news and which were featured as fact news.

==> 저희가 vote(추천/신고)할 수 있는 웹사이트에 제한을 둔 이유는 몇 가지가 있습니다.

우선, 성능의 문제입니다. 제한을 두지 않고 모든 웹사이트의 게시물에 대해 vote를 할 수 있게 하면

사용자가 어느 사이트, 어느 url을 접속하든 그때마다 해당 페이지가 다른 사용자에 의해 vote되었는지

조회해서 결과를 알려줘야 하는데, 이렇게 되면 서버가 트래픽을 감당할 수 없을 것 같다고 저희는 판단했습니다.

그 다음은, 데이터의 정확성입니다. 저희가 데이터가 많이 모이면 여러 시도를 해볼 계획인데 이를 위해 정확한 데이터가 필요합니다.

어느 언론사에서 누가, 언제, 어떤 기사를 썼고, 또 어떤 기사가 가짜 뉴스로 신고되고, 팩트 뉴스로 추천됐는지를 알 수 있는 정확한 데이터를 수집하는 것이 중요하다고 저희는 판단했습니다.

Q: What are the criteria for getting on the list of sites people can vote on? I am sure many western websites would enjoy seeing how readers respond to stories with their votes (I wouldn't mine having it work on my website).

The sites on the list are media and news portals that are judged to be popular and widely used in Korean.

The criteria for what we judged to be "connected a lot" is that they belong to major media companies as classified by Naver.

Naver is a web portal site used by most Korean people, so I think it is a reliable standard.

I would like to add Western press and news agency sites, and I plan to do so in the near future. I hope we will be able to do that very soon.

==> 리스트에 등재된 사이트들은 한국에서 사람들이 많이 접속한다고 판단한 언론사와 뉴스 포털 사이트입니다.

'많이 접속한'다고 판단한 기준은 naver가 분류한 주요 언론사 안에 속해 있는 것입니다.

네이버는 한국에서 가장 많은 사람들이 사용하는 포털 사이트니까 이 기준은 신뢰할 만하다고 생각합니다.

서양 언론사와 뉴스 퍼털사이트도 추가하고 싶고, 앞으로 계획도 있습니다. 곧 그럴 수 있기를 저희도 희망합니다.

You can learn more about the Fake News Detector at SoundsGreat's website soundsgreat.kr. It is currently available in the NAVER whale extention store and Microsoft Edge extension store. The Firefox extension is not yet available, but as as developer Suh Kwangho (서광호) said: It will become available after the Chuseok (추석) harvest festival holiday.

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