Social media has greatly enabled people to participate in online activities at an unprecedented rate. However, this unrestricted access also exacerbates the spread of misinformation and fake news which cause confusion and chaos if not detected in a timely manner. Given the rapidly evolving nature of news events and the limited amount of annotated data, state-of-the-art systems on fake news detection face challenges for early detection. In this work, we exploit multiple weak signals from different sources from user engagements with contents (referred to as weak social supervision), and their complementary utilities to detect fake news. We jointly leverage limited amount of clean data along with weak signals from social engagements to train a fake news detector in a meta-learning framework which estimates the quality of different weak instances. Experiments on real-world datasets demonstrate that the proposed framework outperforms state-of-the-art baselines for early detection of fake news without using any user engagements at prediction time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMachine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases - European Conference, ECML PKDD 2020, Proceedings
EditorsFrank Hutter, Kristian Kersting, Jefrey Lijffijt, Isabel Valera
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030676636
StatePublished - 2021
EventEuropean Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases, ECML PKDD 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Sep 14 2020Sep 18 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12459 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases, ECML PKDD 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Fake news
  • Meta learning
  • Weak social supervision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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