Google is spending $6.5 million to stop fake news around coronavirus
- The money will go into funding to fact-checkers and non-profit organisations fighting misinformation.
- The tech giant said that it will also help fact-checkers identify the right questions to answer.
And that has exposed them to tons of fake news and spreading via WhatsApp forwards. So, Google is “providing $6.5 million in funding to fact-checkers and non-profit organisations fighting misinformation around the world, with an immediate focus on coronavirus.”
People also have a lot of questions – is it airborne, can the virus survive high temperatures etc. And Google wants to build a repository of verified answers. “Fact-checkers and health authorities need help to identify topics that people are searching for and where there might be a gap in the availability of good information online. Unanswered user questions—such as “what temperature kills coronavirus?”—can provide useful insights to fact-checkers and health authorities about content they may want to produce,” said the company’s statement.
Google will also be training journalists in India to spot health misinformation.
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