Their Invention Identifies Disinformation
Ash Bhat, right, and Rohan Phadte
Founders of RoBhat Labs, Botcheck.me
Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte have been friends since junior high in San Jose, Calif., when Mr. Bhat dove into coding and Mr. Phadte tinkered with robots. Now, they are barely past 20 years old, housemates in Berkeley, Calif., the headquarters for their start-up RoBhat Labs, fighting the scourges of our digital political reality.
In May, the men used some of the methods they had picked up in machine learning classes to help develop a NewsBot for Facebook Messenger: Drop a link of a news article into the chat window and the bot judges whether the report has right or left bias. Last summer, they started working on an algorithm to identify the bots on Twitter pushing inflamed…