Google is investing $ 6.5 million in the fight against fake coronavirus news
“Insecurity and fear make us more vulnerable to inaccurate information, so we support fact-checking companies as there is an increased demand for their work,” said Manzarlis, quoted by BGNES.
A report from the Pointer Institute last year on the state of fact-checking showed that more than one-fifth of fact-checking organizations operate with annual budgets of less than $ 20,000.
“We support fact-checking around the world with a focus on the areas most affected by the pandemic,”.
Google also wants to use their products and “ecosystem” to step up the battle against COVID-19 misinformation.
The Google News Initiative is increasing its nonprofit support for First Draft, which provides a resource center, training and crisis simulations for journalists who cover news during a crisis.