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Wednesday January 13, 2021

Google creates a fund to combat vaccine misinformation

The (Google News Initiative) today, Tuesday, established an open global fund to combat misinformation about Corona vaccines, amounting to three million dollars.
Alphabet’s Google Initiative said in a blog post that “the Open Fund for Combating Misinformation about Corona Vaccines” supports journalistic efforts to effectively verify misinformation about the Corona vaccination process.

“While the information about Corona is global in nature, the disinformation has also been used to target specific communities,” she added.

The Fund will accept projects seeking to broaden the audit trail, especially for groups that are disproportionately exposed to disinformation.

A team of 14 arbitrators from the academic, media, medical and not-for-profit sectors, as well as representatives of the World Health Organization, will examine the applications submitted to the fund.

In December, the Google News Initiative pledged $ 1.5 million to fund a media center for coronavirus vaccines to support auditing research.

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