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Meidoon: helping Telegram users avoid disinformation
Meidoon was created in partnership between ASL19 and U4I organization under the IranCubator project is a platform that provides open and accessible data on trending Persian-language content on Telegram. The website is still in beta, but shows the last three months of data collected on Iranian’s Telegram use.
Telegram, although banned in Iran, is still a main source of information for a widespread audience that uses VPNs to access it. However, with Telegram’s popularity, it has also been a place where misinformation thrives and proliferates in recent years.
Meidoon will take Telegram user submissions of Public channels on the platform to be scraped, while also collecting the number of post views and forwards. The platform will then sort the Public channels based on veracity, popular content, and categorize them based on trending topics.
The goal is for Meidoon to provide open and accessible information flowing through Telegram for civil society organizations and users in Iran. By creating a tool to identify channels that are spreading misinformation, Meidoon's users (such as journalists and NGOs, CSOs) can take early action to fact check and stop the spread of false news narratives, discrediting specific channels as unreliable.