Generating Topic-Preserving Synthetic News

Ahmadreza Mosallanezhad, Kai Shu, Huan Liu

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The text generation methods have witnessed great success in text summarization, machine translation, and synthetic news generation. However, these techniques may be abused to generate disinformation and fake news. To better understand the potential threats of synthetic news, we develop a novel generation method RLTG to generate topic-preserving news content. The majority of existing text generation methods are either controlled by specific attributes or lack topic consistency between the input claims and output news, making synthetic news less coherent and realistic. In this paper, we study the problem of topic-preserving synthetic news generation by proposing a novel deep reinforcement learning-based method to control the output of large pre-trained language models. Experiment results on real-world datasets demonstrate that the news contents generated by RLTG are topic-consistent and realistic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2021
EditorsYixin Chen, Heiko Ludwig, Yicheng Tu, Usama Fayyad, Xingquan Zhu, Xiaohua Tony Hu, Suren Byna, Xiong Liu, Jianping Zhang, Shirui Pan, Vagelis Papalexakis, Jianwu Wang, Alfredo Cuzzocrea, Carlos Ordonez
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665439022
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Dec 15 2021Dec 18 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2021


Conference2021 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Adversarial Training
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Text Generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Information Systems


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