The “COVID-19 Vaccine Counter Misinformation Open Fund” aims to support journalistic efforts to effectively fact-check misinformation about the COVID-19 immunisation process, the initiative belonging to Alphabet’s Google said in a blog post.
“While the COVID-19 infodemic has been global in nature, misinformation has also been used to target specific populations,” it added.
“Some of the available research also suggests that the audiences coming across misinformation and those seeking fact checks don’t necessarily overlap.”
The fund will accept projects looking to expand the audience of fact-checks, particularly to groups disproportionately hit by misinformation.
In December, the Google News Initiative pledged $1.5 million to fund a COVID-19 vaccine media hub to support fact-checking research.
(Reporting by Sarah Morland in Gdansk; Editing by Nick Zieminski)