Social media lie detector app in development

Mark O'Beirne,

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

A prototype of Pheme, an app dedicated to weeding out false information and fake stories on social media, has been developed by a team of researchers.

You'll have to wait a while longer if you're hoping it will help you determine which of your friends are lying about their perfect lives on Facebook or Twitter;Pheme has been developed to help agencies and governments handle situations and help them to determine what is true in the realm of social media.

The online lie detector will sort online rumours into four categories: speculation, controversy, misinformation and disinformation. It evaluates sources to determine its authority and enables users to view information about a rumour's accuracy through a virtual dashboard.

Pheme is being developed in collaboration between five universities - Sheffield, Warwick, King's College London, Saarland in Germany and MODUL University Vienna - and four companies: ATOS in Spain, iHub in Kenya, Ontotext in Bulgaria and, according to The Telegraph. After completing the prototype app the team is working on an extended model.

Kalina Bontcheva, from the University of Sheffield's engineering department, told The Telegraph: "People do believe things they hear on the internet.In critical situations, you can instead show reliable information or alert the authorities before things get out of hand."