Google is expanding its coronavirus support efforts by aiding in the fight against misinformation with $6.5 million pledged to fact-checkers and non-profits. As the virus spreads around the world, misinformation has followed just as rapidly. The company has already donated learning resources in partnership with Californa and set aside hundreds of millions to aid in relief and education efforts.

“[T]he Google News Initiative (GNI) is stepping up its support for First Draft. The nonprofit is providing an online resource hub, dedicated training and crisis simulations for reporters covering COVID-19 all over the globe,” said Alexios Mantzarlis, News and Information Credibility Lead, Google News Lab. “First Draft is also using its extensive CrossCheck network to help newsrooms respond quickly and address escalating content that is causing confusion and harm. We’re also renewing our…

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