Google will provide up to $ 1 million in funding per project and cover up to 80% of total costs. A jury of 12 Google employees will review the applications and select the recipients.
While $ 3 million will not be enough to completely eradicate the virulent misinformation about the vaccine, it will surely help, especially if fact checkers can use the funds to proactively reach out to people who have no idea what lies that ‘they encounter are incorrect. As Mantzarlis points out, research has suggested that “the audiences that uncover disinformation and those who seek to verify the facts do not necessarily overlap.”
The company announced Google News initiative in 2018 and, at the time, he pledged $ 300 million to tackle fake news and support journalism projects. Last April, Google said it would provide up to $ 6.5 million to fight disinformation about coronaviruses.