Global telecommunications giant Orange has become the first company to incorporate a blockchain-based system designed to fight the spread of fake news.
Safe.press is a verification protocol created by French tech startup Block Expert. The system works by displaying a green “Safe.press” logo on websites and news articles which verifies the news as genuine.
The technology is built by a consortium of connected media outlets and uses the immutable nature of blockchain technology to verify news in real-time. The platform will not only provide readers with an extra level of trust but also protect the intellectual property of writers and reporters. By clicking the safe.press badge, readers can check the news source of any online media and instantly verify its authenticity
In an official press release, Block Expert co-founder Benjamin Gievis spoke of his enthusiasm for the collaboration: “We are very excited to be working with Orange on such an important societal issue. Orange embodies innovation and digital trust worldwide.”
Orange has become increasingly interested in blockchain technology recently. At the 2018 Hello Show event in December last year, the company announced its involvement in a blockchain-based voting solution. The system, built on the Ethereum blockchain, would provide a platform for governments or companies to conduct “ultra secure” opinion polls.
Similar technology was recently trialed in the U.S. state of West Virginia in an effort to improve voting security in the midterm elections.