Google pledges 25 million euros to boost media literacy in Europe
Google has announced a contribution of 25 million euros to the European Media and Information Fund to build skills in media literacy, tackle disinformation and support fact-checking.
In the coming weeks, the Fund will open to proposals from academics, non-profit organizations and publishers based in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. United.
Independent committees made up of industry experts will select the winning ideas and Google will not be involved in any decision-making related to the Fund, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
“Since 2015, we have provided funding and technical support to organizations focused on disinformation, including innovative new models like CrossCheck in France, and have provided digital verification training to 90,000 European journalists, receiving over 400,000 visits to our training website, ”Google said.
Through its philanthropic arm, Google.org, the company has provided $ 3.2 million in funding since 2018 to programs like Newswise, The Student View and Weitklick, and through the Google News Initiative additional funding to support Students for President and Zeit fur Lehrer.
“We are continuing our other efforts to support youth media literacy, with Be Internet Legends and Be Internet Citizens providing digital skills to help schoolchildren and teens check and verify the facts,” the company said.
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