Google launches $3 million fund to fight vaccine misinformation

Google launches $3 million fund to fight vaccine misinformation

 

The Google News Initiative on Tuesday launched a global open fund to fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines; worth up to $3 million.

 

The “COVID-19 Vaccine Counter Misinformation Open Fund” aims to support journalistic efforts to effectively fact-check misinformation about; the COVID-19 immunisation process, the initiative belonging to Alphabet’s Google said in a blog post.

 

“While the COVID-19 infodemic has been global in nature, misinformation has also been used to target specific populations,” it added.

 

“Some of the available research also suggests that the audiences coming across misinformation; and those seeking fact checks don’t necessarily overlap.”

 

The fund will accept projects looking to expand the audience of fact-checks; particularly to groups disproportionately hit by misinformation.

 

Applications will be reviewed by team of 14 jurors from across the academic, media, medical and non-profit sectors; as well as representatives from the World Health Organisation.

 

In December, the Google News Initiative pledged $1.5 million to fund a COVID-19 vaccine media hub to support fact-checking research.

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