George Sehremelis is developing what he calls a “social news network,” with the goal of combating the spread of false information and phony news online.

“My goal has actually always been to make an impact on the 2020 election,” Sehremelis informed me– a tall order, especially when the huge socials media are having a hard time to solve these very same problems. And as if that wasn’t enough, Sehremelis is hoping to revitalize trainee and local newspapers at the exact same time.

To do that, he’s released Overlooked, an app currently being piloted with newspapers at the University of Southern California, Dartmouth, West Virginia University and in other places.

“We didn’t wish to build a news aggregator, and we didn’t wish to develop a social network,” Sehremelis said. “We wanted to integrate them.”

< a class="crunchbase-link"href="https://crunchbase.com/organization/overlooked"target="_ blank “data-type= “company” data-entity =”ignored” > Ignored is an app where users– at first college trainees– can post, share and comment on short articles. And that’s generally all they can do. They will not have the ability to post any initial material of their own, which Sehremelis said already “removes the possibility of a deep phony” video or image that’s been modified to mislead.

Overlooked screenshot

Image Credits: Neglected Naturally, misinformation doesn’t just come from individual posts, but also from posts posted by publishers throughout the web. Those type of articles may still be shared on Overlooked, however Sehremelis argued that by eliminating user-generated content, the start-up”significantly decreases the amounts of data that we need to veterinarian.” “Instead of posts, videos, memes, all of the above, there’s only news posts,” he continued.” One day in the future, our content moderators will have the ability to actually vet all the

material on our system.”But without those social posts and memes, what’s going to bring readers to the app? For one, Sehremelis said Overlooked is the “fastest method and the simplest method to share a news article with your good friend.” This is likewise where the collaborations with trainee newspapers been available in.

Sehremelis is a current USC alum, and he participated in the school’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars. He recalled going to the workplaces of the USC newspaper, the Daily Trojan, and seeing printed papers stacked to the ceiling– which seemed like a wasted expense that’s detached from the method trainees really get their news. This, in turn, led him “down the bunny hole of the paper industry as an entire,” where he discovered broader flow and profits difficulties.

“The paper, it needs a superhero,” Sehremelis stated.

Overlooked screenshot

Image Credits: Overlooked And in fact, Neglected has created a superhero mascot of sorts called Post Male, who represents the profile that newspapers can develop on Overlooked, enabling them to communicate and share content straight with readers. They also get a share of the income from any Overlooked marketing that targets the paper’s readers.

Sehremelis argued that this technique resolves the concerns that occur from a specific newspaper app (which can have a difficult time getting downloads) or a profile on social networks (where a paper gives up control and seldom monetizes in a significant method). He suggested these concerns are just going to be more severe this fall, with numerous colleges staying with remote learning or bringing trainees back to school in a lowered capability.

“Trainees aren’t going to be on school to pick up the paper,” he said. “Many trainees weren’t picking up papers, anyhow. Much of these student papers instead are on social media– it’s simply that social networks wasn’t compensating them.”

In addition, he’s intending to get Overlooked in classrooms (virtual or otherwise), with professors inviting their classes to join the app and discuss the news.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.