In recent years, fake news has become both a topic of increased interest for social sciences researchers (in media studies, sociology, psychology, political sciences, etc.) and a global phenomenon with profound political, social, economic, cultural and religious implications. FAKEROM, with a project team reuniting a project leader, a young researcher, two postdoctoral students, and a MSc student, sets out to produce the first in-depth study of fake news in the Romanian language and a contrastive analysis with at least two other languages by combining qualitative instruments (on a linguistic base, originating primarily in critical discourse analysis) with quantitative tools (on a computational base, involving particularly natural language processing techniques). The originality of the FAKEROM project, a pioneering endeavor in the Romanian ethnolinguistic area (the Republic of Moldova included), resides in its interdisciplinary approach, which brings together humanities and computer science, the size of the surveyed corpus, and the high granularity of the categories deployed to classify the different types of news reports. The project aims not only to generate significant scientific impact but also to trigger a series of tangible economic, social, educational, and cultural effects outside its academic context.

This grant is funded by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research, CNCS – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-1794, within PNCDI III

This grant is implemented by the Center for Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies and the Department of Romance Studies at the Faculty of Letters and Arts.