Associated Press to use blockchain to fight false news

The Associated Press (AP) news agency has partnered with Everipedia and the decentralized Chainlink oracle network to track fake news.

According to the application
Everipedia, the collaboration will allow AP to determine the authenticity of news related to the presidential election race using the blockchain. The Associated Press works with a large number of freelance journalists to obtain information on the progress of local election campaigns. The news agency will use the capabilities of the blockchain to cryptographically sign the data received from these journalists.

This does not fully guarantee the accuracy of the news received, since it is possible to hack the main AP systems or steal the keys used for signing. But otherwise, such a system is much more reliable than the usual transfer of information via e-mail.

The Everipedia Chainlink node will provide smart contracts with access to US election data backed by cryptographic proof. It can be used to verify that data from the node comes directly from the Associated Press source API, to which Everipedia has exclusive authenticated access.

This integration was made possible by the use of the Chainlink oracle infrastructure, which allows the Associated Press to sign and publish the results of US elections simultaneously on several different blockchains.

This is not the first attempt to use blockchain to deal with unreliable news. In the summer, The New York Times, as part of a joint project with IBM News Provenance, began testing the
blockchain to combat fake news.

Previously, other media outlets have also turned to blockchain. Back in 2018, the American magazine Forbes announced a collaboration with the co-startup Civil to publish its content on a decentralized network. Recently, however, the startup Civil, which was working on creating a decentralized platform for media financing and publishing materials, announced its closure in June after four years of operation.