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Presentation of the InVID project and verification technologies


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Presentation of the InVID's motivation, goals and overall concept, and brief description of the project's integrated technologies for newsworthy content collection and verification.

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Presentation of the InVID project and verification technologies

  1. 1. In Video Veritas – Verification of Social Media Video Content for the News Industry Vasileios Mezaris, CERTH-ITI Project Overview Thessaloniki, June 2018
  2. 2. 2 • Motivation: UGC and the News industry • Use cases & examples • Our promise • Overall approach • Integrated InVID technologies • Project consortium and funding agency • Contact Outline
  3. 3. 3 • User Generated Content (UGC): a valuable resource… • Digital media revolution & convergence of social media with broadband connectivity are bringing breaking news to online video platforms • News organizations often rely on user-generated recordings of breaking and developing news events shared via social media • …but also a tricky one • Deception facilitated by access to sophisticated editing and content management tools • Rapid spread of fake information in electronic networks • Careful verification of third-party content is necessary for reputable news outlets; at present, this manual process • Reduces their ability to break news quickly • Increases their costs in times of tight budgets Motivation: UGC and the News industry
  4. 4. 4 • Haiti earthquake video hoax • Video from a previous earthquake in California published by major media, slightly modified (cropped) and re-circulated in social media as a Haiti video; picked-up and aired by mainstream media for hours • Eagle video hoax • Video of an eagle snatching a baby posted on YouTube, went viral; later, careful examination revealed inconsistencies in the shadows of the eagle’s flight path • Presidential fake picture • Video frame of a surgery operation in Mexico in 2008, which was sold to and mistakenly published by a top newspaper in January 2013 as a fake image of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in a Cuban hospital Use cases & examples
  5. 5. 5 “InVID is building a platform providing services to detect, authenticate and check the reliability and accuracy of newsworthy video files and video content spread via social media” This platform • Enables novel newsroom applications for broadcasters, news agencies, web pure-players, newspapers and publishers; • Allows them to integrate social media content into their news output • Without struggling to know if they can trust the material, and • Without struggling to reach the user to ask permission for re-use Our promise
  6. 6. 6 Overall approach
  7. 7. 7 • Tool for newsworthy video collection and management InVID Multimodal Analytics Dashboard • Story detection across social media channels • Story-based newsworthy video identification • Automatic metadata extraction and indexing • Content exploration and visualization • Geographic distribution of emerging stories • Embedded playback at the video- and fragment-level • Verification of selected videos (using the Verification Application) • Automated generation of reports in PDF format • Accessible at:
  8. 8. 8 • Tool for verification of selected newsworthy videos InVID Verification Plugin • Free! Get it from: • • Check prior video use: • Reverse video search on the Web using YouTube thumbnails or InVID-extracted keyframes • Check contextual information: • Social-media-based contextual analysis • View location, time and other video metadata • Keyframe/image inspection by magnifying glass • Check image forensics: • Image/Keyframe forensic filters • Find more related videos: • Advanced Twitter search
  9. 9. 9 • Tool for advanced video verification • Check prior video use at the video-segment level: InVID Verification Application • • • Reverse video search also in the InVID repository; inspection by parallel playback of query and duplicate video • Check video origin and rights: • Video logo detection • Video rights management • Check video forensics: • Advanced video forensic filters • Frame-level video inspection in the player • Check additional contextual information: • Also assess historical weather data • Store the automatic analysis results and manually add evaluation comments and notes.
  10. 10. 10 • Tool for newsworthy video contribution by the public InVID Mobile Application • Capture videos of breaking or evolving stories, enriched with time, location and device metadata • Annotate captured videos with free text and pre-selected domain- specific labels • Provide trustworthy and metadata- enriched videos to news agencies and media organizations
  11. 11. 11 Project consortium and funding agency This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687786 InVID: In Video Veritas – Verification of Social Media Video Content for the News Industry Start date: 1 January 2016 Duration: 36 months
  12. 12. 12 Project Coordinator: Dr. Vasileios Mezaris Information Technologies Institute Centre for Research and Technology Hellas 6th Km. Charilaou-Thermi Road P.O. Box 60361, 57001 Thermi-Thessaloniki, Greece Tel: +30 2311 257770, Fax: +30 2310 474128 email:, web: For more information on InVID visit Follow us on Twitter @InVID_EU Contact