As information about the new coronavirus swells online, Google is stepping up its efforts to verify facts and fund anti-misleading nonprofits. Google said Thursday that it plans to donate $6.5 million to combat online misinformation. The money will be used by fact-checkers and non-profit organizations fighting misinformation, with a primary focus on dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
The move comes amid rising concerns about misinformation online by COVID-19. Tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon have been criticized for handling misinformation, but they have also tried to distribute information from better-known sources through notifications and voice assistants. Google said it would also provide journalists, WHO and local authorities with more local Google trend data to help them understand people’s information needs around the world.