Covid-19 exacerbated an already vast problem online: disinformation. The problem, which can seem insurmountable at times, has forced large platforms like Facebook and Twitter to take more and more action (with mixed results).
The problem has also given birth to a slew of startups that believe they can help. One of them is Dublin’s Kinzen, head by Storyful co-founder Mark Little, which has just raised $2 million in a seed round for its “algorithms for editors”.
There’s a common thread in Little’s career of verifying information and parsing the signal from the noise. A former journalist with Irish public broadcaster RTE, he founded news and social media monitoring agency Storyful in 2010 which would eventually sell to News Corp in 2013 for €18 million.
Storyful’s mission in 2010 was to verify news sources and social media chatter, whether it be in battle zones or the sites of natural disasters.
After selling the company and a sojourn to Twitter,