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Google launches $3 million fund to fight coronavirus vaccine misinformation

Google launches $3 million fund to fight coronavirus vaccine misinformation

Google is launching a $3 million fund to help fight misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine, the tech giant said Tuesday. 

The COVID-19 Vaccine Counter-Misinformation Fund will support journalistic projects that aim to broaden the audience of fact checks, especially among communities disproportionately affected by misinformation, Google said in a blog post

The global fund is open to news organizations of all sizes that have a track record of fact-checking, or that partner with a fact-checking organization. 

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“For example, eligible applications might include a partnership between an established fact-checking project and a media outlet with deep roots in a specific community, or a collaborative technology platform for journalists and doctors to jointly source misinformation and publish fact checks,” Google said in the post. 

A 14-member team, composed of members across academia, media, medical and nonprofit sectors, will review applications for the fund. 

The fund builds on Google’s previously launched efforts to fight misinformation about the coronavirus and the vaccine. The tech giant said nearly 10,000 fact checks about the pandemic are up across its products. 

Google’s fund aimed at fighting vaccine misinformation comes as officials roll out the vaccine nationwide. 

States have varying criteria of groups eligible for the vaccine, with most states prioritizing front-line workers and older populations.