The Google News Initiative announced it will give $3 million to news and fact-checking organizations in an effort to combat misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine.
The tech giant previously awarded fact-checking projects $6.5 million in April and $1.5 million in December, so Tuesday’s announcement brings the grand total flowing from their well-stocked coffers to organizations debunking lies about the pandemic to $11 million. (This is separate from the $1 billion that Google has promised publishers for a new feature called Google News Showcase.)
It’s a lot of cash. So who is getting the money — and will fact-checking be enough?