Google's Commitment: $2.7M Investment to Tackle Misinformation in EU Elections

Android maker Google is pulling out all the stops to make sure the EU knows that it’s well inclined to have a safe and fair election period.

The search engine giant just made mega monetary contributions to fact-checkers as well as the youth media literacy efforts.

Google says the latest measures taking place are aligned with the upcoming election period where a whopping majority of voters will take part in choosing who will lead their region.

The huge contributions worth a staggering $1.6 million will firstly go to a network known for handling fact-checking of online data, the company mentioned through its recently published blog.

On the other hand, some of those funds would be used to help out a coalition featuring a whopping number of fact-checkers and news publishing companies who are specially set up to cover this election period.

The goal is to produce a collaboration with no borders so that all disinformation gets removed forever related to the elections and also to help make sure any narratives coming out are nothing but the truth.

This early system for the detection of misinformation carried out online will help in covering the whole continent. So it’s not just the EU that’s going to be a part of this but the entire community as a whole so that means any surrounding neighbors in that region would also be included.

Remember, data travels or spreads at the speed of light so we can see why this is happening, not to mention how misinformation can go faster when there are no checks in place.

In addition to that, the search engine giant has grants worth another one million dollars for ThinkYoung. The latter is the name reserved for a company in Belgium that entails hackathons for the younger generation in the EU to better tackle misinformation and have more focus on the likes of underserved communities.

The search engine giant added how it hopes to deliver a new prebunking campaign across nations like France, Belgium, Italy, and even Germany so that media literacy gets boosted in this part of the globe.

This whole campaign is curated to highlight content that’s manipulative in design before it comes face to face with it.

Such efforts will entail short video ads across social media apps like YouTube, TikTok, and beyond that’s going to be up for grabs in different languages. It could be English, Turkish, or even Russian.

Such plans are in collaboration with the amount of growing pressure against big tech giants who are doing more than simply tackling harmful content online and mitigating risks having to do with the safety of online users. This includes warding off fears of misinformation in line with the recently rolled out Digital Markets Act in February.

During the start of the month, a list of proceedings began against companies such as AliExpress which is still under the ownership of China. The former was said to have gone against the DSA and even enabled minors to have access to explicit material online.

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