The Google Alphabet unit will contribute 25 million euros ($ 29.3 million) to the just lately arrange European Media and Info Fund to deal with faux information, the corporate mentioned on Wednesday, amid criticism that tech giants should not doing sufficient to demystify disinformation on-line.
The COVID-19 pandemic and final yr’s US election sparked an enormous spike in disinformation, with some accusing social media of not being extra proactive in tackling the issue as regulators have indicated they may take measures through extreme restrictions.
The European Media and Info Fund, launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Basis and the European College Institute final week, goals to mobilize researchers, fact-checkers, nonprofits and different organizations of public curiosity to assist them battle false info.
“Whereas navigating the uncertainty and challenges of the previous yr, it has develop into extra vital than ever for individuals to entry correct info and type reality from fiction,” mentioned Matt Brittin , liable for Google’s EMEA enterprise and operations, in a weblog put up.
The fund has a time period of 5 years. The European Digital Media Observatory, which is a European Fee mission arrange final yr and whose members embody fact-checkers and tutorial researchers, will assess and choose the tasks.