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InVID at Brussels DisinfoLab event

InVID Verification Plugin at Brussels DisinfoLab event

The InVID project and the developed InVID Verification Plugin was presented on Thursday 14th of September at the Brussels DisinfoLab, which has been organized by Saper Vedere, a consulting startup specialized in social networks analysis. At this event, whose sub-headline is «a framework to fight fake news?», various initiatives to debunk fake news were presented from several institutions, labs and research institutes.

Denis Teyssou, the InVID Innovation Manager, demonstrated the use and functionality of the InVID Verification Plugin on recent fake videos published on various social networks. His presentation is available at the InVID SlideShare channel and the project website.

Further details about the context, the aim, the presented items and the next steps of the Brussels DisinfoLab event can be found here.

InVID releases its fake video news debunker for Firefox and provides the code in open source under MIT licence

InVID verification plugin open beta release

The European Horizon 2020 project InVID (In Video Veritas) is releasing this Wednesday (12/7) in open beta the Firefox version of its plugin to help journalists save time in their verification processes and debunk more efficiently fake video news. At the same time, the plugin code is published and shared on GitHub (https://github.com/invideu/invid-verification-plugin) in open source with a MIT license. (The plugin code is the same on Chrome and Firefox).

The InVID plugin which was released on Chrome browser on the 3rd of July at a First Draft Meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France can now be downloaded at the bottom of this page by Firefox users, on each available operating system.

The InVID plugin allows to get contextual information on YouTube and Facebook videos, to fragment videos from several platforms into keyframes, to query reverse image search engines like Google, Yandex and Baidu, to magnify pictures to read details, to read metadata and to apply forensic filters to detect alterations of an image, as well as searching on Twitter by time range up to the minute.

The plugin is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users. To install the plugin, after downloading and unpacking the zip file, simply drag & drop the created XPI file in a new tab of your Firefox browser.

A video tutorial / demo is available on the InVID Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/nmgbFODPiBY

As usual, we welcome your feedback at: invid-verification-plugin@iti.gr

The InVID team

InVID verification plugin open beta release

InVID verification plugin open beta release

The European Horizon 2020 project InVID (In Video Veritas) is launching in open beta a plugin to help journalists saving time in their verification processes and debunking more efficiently fake video news. The plugin was just presented today in a First Draft Meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

The InVID verification plugin allows media professionals to quickly get contextual information on Facebook and Youtube videos, to read video and image metadata, to fragment videos from various platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Daily Motion) into keyframes, to use the keyframes for performing reverse image search on Google, Baidu or Yandex search engines, to enhance and explore the keyframes and images through a magnifying lens, to query Twitter for related information, and to apply forensic filters on still images.

The plugin can be downloaded at https://goo.gl/Fo8i73

A video tutorial / demo is available on the InVID Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/nmgbFODPiBY

We welcome your feedback at: invid-verification-plugin@iti.gr

 

InVID at Futur en Seine: a summary

InVID at Futur en Seine: a summary

More than 300 persons, including France recently appointed minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Mrs Frédérique Vidal attended at Paris Futur en Seine digital festival (8-10 of June) demos of InVID prototypes aiming to debunk fake videos.

Paris Mayor deputy in charge of economic development, Jean-Louis Missika was also among the personalities who attended the demos (on the right of the main picture above), with InVID tools being applied on «real life» use cases like some of the fake news debunked during the CrossCheck operation (see for example this one) run by a bunch of French mainstream media during the recent presidential election. InVID tools are aimed to help journalists to verify newsworthy videos on social networks.

InVID demos attracted dozen of journalists, including well-known teams of «verifiers» like the Décodeurs of the French daily Le Monde, The Observers of France 24 broadcaster and also journalists from France-Télévisions and FranceInfo and TF1 TV channels. Other attendees included startupers, academics, researchers, teachers and media educators as well as officials of several French ministries.

Feedback on InVID demos was very good and encouraging, as disinformation on social networks has become a deep concern in France, like in other Western countries.

French minister attends InVID demo

French minister attend InVID demo

The newly appointed French minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Mrs Frédérique Vidal, visited on Thursday June 8th the InVID booth at Futur en Seine Digital Festival 2017 (see central image above) where she was shown prototypes aiming to debunk fake videos. In particular, Mrs Vidal was shown how the fragmentation service, extracting relevant keyframes from a video, could help to debunk quickly a viral video shared during the French presidential elections by extremists xenophobic Facebook pages, claiming that a migrant seeking free universal healthcare assaulted a nurse and other employees in a public hospital.

The image reverse search demonstrated in a few clicks that the video was in fact taken one month earlier in Novgorod, Russia, and was showing a drunk man hitting there the hospital employees. Once the video was debunked within the CrossCheck initiative led by First Draft News and Google News Lab on the French election (check the report about the debunking here), it was removed from Facebook but after being seen more than seven millions times.

The image reverse search demonstrated in a few clicks that the video was in fact taken one month earlier in Novgorod, Russia, and was showing a drunk man hitting there the hospital employees. Once the video was debunked within the CrossCheck initiative led by First Draft News and Google News Lab on the French election (check the report about the debunking here), it was removed from Facebook but after being seen more than seven millions times.

With the help of the video fragmentation and reverse keyframe search tool was shown that the video was in fact taken one month earlier in Novgorod, Russia, presenting a drunk man hitting the hospital employees.

The recent presidential election raised deep concern in France about the fake news spreading on social networks. French president Emmanuel Macron himself complained shortly before his victory that «the social networks hurt me a lot» through attacks from hardliners extremists.

InVID project at Futur en Seine digital festival in Paris

InVID project at Futur en Seine digital festival in Paris

The early prototypes of InVID will be exposed at the Futur en Seine digital festival in Paris, at the Grande halle de la Villette (practical info available here), from the 8th to the 10th of June, where professionals and the public will be able to see and test how journalists can debunk fake videos on social networks with examples taken from recent breaking and social media emerging news.

Partner AFP will demo the InVID Discovery platform (a.k.a. the InVID Multimodal Analytics Dashboard), the InVID Verification Application and an InVID browser plugin: a verification toolbox soon to be released in open source.

The browser plugin, tested over the last few weeks by the video and social media team at AFP, allows to quickly debunk a fake video by extracting thumbnails from the corresponding web platform, or by fragmenting the video into keyframes (see screenshot bellow) before searching those images on a reverse image search engine like Google Images to retrieve previous copies of the same video if any available. And this works for Facebook, Youtube, Twitter or any video file the journalist chooses to upload to InVID platform.

InVID-keyframes

Recently when the news of a Manila resort Casino in Philippines being attacked on 1st of June 2017 evening broke, a fake video (first screenshot bellow)  started to circulate on Twitter, claiming to be a raw footage of the attack from a CCTV camera while as debunk by an AFP social media journalist, it was a copy of previous videos on another attack perpetrated at a hotel in Suriname at the end of December 2011 (second screenshot bellow).

Fake video about a robbery take place in a casino in Manila

Fake video claiming to show a robbery at a Manila resort Casino on 1th of June 2017.

The real video

The original video showing an attack at the Savanah hotel in Suriname on 27th-28th of December 2011.

InVID organizes the 1st International Workshop on Multimedia Verification

InVID organizes the 1st International Workshop on Multimedia Verification

We are pleased to announce that InVID organizes the 1st International Workshop on Multimedia Verification (MuVer2017) at the ACM Multimedia Conference that will take place on October 23 – 27, 2017 at Mountain View, CA, USA. The tentative date for paper submission is 19 July 2017.

For further details about the topics of the workshop, the submission of scientific papers and the program committee please visit the webpage of the MuVer2017 workshop.

InVID project at ICMR2017

InVID project at ICMR2017

InVID project will have a strong presence at the ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR) that will take in Bucharest, Romania on June 6-9, 2017. The scientific results and developments of CERTH (a technology provision and coordinating partner of the InVID consortium) are reported in four scientific papers that have been accepted for publication, and will be presented and disseminated to the attendees of this widely known and well appreciated conference during its oral, demo and poster sessions. The list of accepted papers is the following:

  • C. Boididou, S. Papadopoulos, L. Apostolidis, Y. Kompatsiaris, “Learning to Detect Misleading Content on Twitter” (oral session)
  • C. Collyda, E. Apostolidis, A. Pournaras, F. Markatopoulou, V. Mezaris, I. Patras, “VideoAnalysis4ALL: An on-line tool for the automatic fragmentation and concept-based annotation, and the interactive exploration of videos” (demo session).
  • F. Markatopoulou, D. Galanopoulos, V. Mezaris, I. Patras, “Query and Keyframe Representations for Ad-hoc Video Search” (poster session)
  • D. Galanopoulos, F. Markatopoulou, V. Mezaris, I. Patras, “Concept Language Models and Event-based Concept Number Selection for Zero-example Event Detection” (poster session)

Furthermore, the InVID project is among the supporters of the 2nd International Workshop on Multimedia Forensics and Security (MFSec 2017) that will be held in conjuction with ICMR 2017. At this workshop, the work of CERTH on a method for verifying Web videos by analyzing their online context, will be reported through the following accepted paper for publication.

  • O. Papadopoulou, M. Zampoglou, S. Papadopoulos, Y. Kompatsiaris, “Web Video Verification using Contextual Cues”

We will look forward to meeting you in ICMR 2017!

TUNGSTÈNE Technology is used by Middlebury Institute of Internation Studies at Monterey

TUNGSTÈNE Technology is used by Middlebury Institute of Internation Studies at Monterey

TUNGSTENE technology, a core component of the InVID Verification Application, is used since 2016 by the Middlebury Institute of Internation Studies at Monterey (MIIS). In particular, this technology is used by scientists who aim to assess the digital photographs related to weapons of mass destructions, such as the missiles and nuclear weapons that North Korea is working on. The capabilities of TUNGSTENE technology are utilized for evaluating the authenticity of the photographs provided by North Korea and for extracting physical information from the digital images on the missiles themselves. In March 6th 2017, North Korea proceeded to a test launch of several missiles. The scientists from the MIIS analyzed the content and reached the conclusion that, very likely, the photographs were authentic and the launch was real. Further details about this investigation can be found here.