Arpan Mitra


Linker: A community-driven smartphone app that tackles the problem of fake news


Linker is an attempt to use Interaction Design and the growing power of the Internet to combat the generation and dispersal of fake news on social media. Linkr aims to be a social media platform that supports community based knowledge sharing with the specific goal of preventing the spread of fake news. Rather than using a computer to algorithmically differentiate fake news pieces from real ones, Linkr gives power to us humans to mark a piece of news as fake or real. Fake news is already a massive problem in today’s world, and thanks to our generation living through what is the Technology Age, this problem is only growing with every passing day. Modern day advances in communication combined with the malicious intentions of certain groups have led to fake news being a very real problem that has taken lives and felled governments. The concept of Linkr makes use of the very same power of the Internet, combined this time with positive people with positive aspirations, to combat fake news.

Arpan Mitra