Google has announced $6.5 million in funding to fact-checkers and non-profit organizations fighting misinformation globally around novel coronavirus. The funding is being given as part of Google News Initiative (GNI) which is also providing an online resource hub, dedicated training and crisis simulations for reporters covering COVID-19 all over the globe. Also Read - Huawei wants Google Apps to be available on its own AppGallery
“To help, we’re supporting Data Leads in partnership with BOOM Live in India and Africa Check in Nigeria to leverage data from Question Hub. This will be complemented by an effort to train 1,000 journalists across India and Nigeria to spot health misinformation,” said Alexios Mantzarlis, Lead of News and Information Credibility at Google News Lab. Also Read - Google Neighbourly app is shutting down on May 12
The GNI’s First Draft is using its extensive CrossCheck network to help newsrooms respond quickly and address escalating content that is causing confusion and harm. “Access to primary expert sources during an evolving public health crisis is both challenging and fundamental for journalists covering the story,” said Google. Also Read - Google Duo increases group calling limit to 12 participants
To make this easier, the tech giant is providing funding to SciLine, based at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Australian Science Media Centre, creators of Scimex.org. “We’re supporting the creation of a database for reporters developed by the journalism technology nonprofit Meedan in partnership with public health experts,” informed Mantzarlis.
The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) continues to advocate for fact-checkers worldwide. “Our renewed support will boost their efforts to uphold best practices in the fact-checking field and showcase the work of the CoronaVirusFacts alliance,” said Google.
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ust recently, TikTok – the popular short video streaming platform – donated medical equipment and supplies worth Rs 100 crore to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The supply from the company will include 4,00,000 hazmat suits and 2,00,000 masks. This will be used as protective gear by doctors and front line medical staff. In the fight against coronavirus, front line workers have emerged as the real heroes.
Written with inputs from IANS