Google, YouTube Launch Global ‘Fact Check Fund’

FILE - This March 23, 2010, file photo, shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. A fifth former Google worker has filed a complaint with federal regulators accusing the company of improperly firing employees for labor organizing activity. Kathryn Spiers, a security engineer, said Google fired her after she created a pop-up notification for employees to inform them of their labor rights. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

At a glance

  • Google and YouTube announced that they will be providing a $13.2 million grant to the nonprofit Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network with the goal of launching a new “Global Fact Check Fund.”
  • The companies justified their decision by noting that “helping people to identify misinformation is a global challenge.”
  • “The world needs fact-checking more than ever before,” IFCN executive director Baybars Örsek said.

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