June 22, 2018

Google is committing $300 million towards the fight against fake news

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The company launched the Google News Initiative (GNI), a $300 million project that will look to "elevate and strengthen quality journalism" among other things.

Along with the initiative, Google announced Subscribe with Google, a tool that streamlines the sign up and subscription process for premium news sources.

The search company announced the Google News Initiative, a worldwide effort in which Google will partner with news publications to help surface the most accurate information possible, especially during breaking news situations. "It's becoming increasingly hard to distinguish what's true (and not true) online", Google said in a blog post today.

"This won't solve the problem, but the more brains we put behind it, the more progress we can all make", Mr. Gingras said.

Google has launched a new suite of tools to help media publishers grow subscriptions, advertising sales and readership as it continues to build its relationship with news media. Those include the Disinfo Lab, a project that will "use computational tools and journalistic oversight to monitor misinformation during elections".

The commitments we're making through the Google News Initiative demonstrate that news and quality journalism is a top priority for Google. Taking that a step further, now any of you using the Google app for your podcasts will be able to actually manage those subscriptions right from within the app, too. Supported by a $3 million investment, MediaWise is a media literacy project created to help millions of young people in the USA discern fact from fiction online, through classroom education and video - with a little help from several teen-favorite YouTube creators.

Empower news organizations through technological innovation.

As part of the focus on improving Google's newsfeed, the company has committed to refining its search, news and YouTube algorithms to favour "authoritative sources" over relevance.

A new Propensity to Subscribe signal is in development now with several partners. It first tested this with McClatchy-owned news organizations (such as The Miami Herald), the Financial Times, and The Washington Post. The feature will help publishers to identify potential subscribers as well.

The new addition works in both the Assistant and search results on your devices, as well as through voice commands on Google Assistant enabled speakers like Google Home and Home Mini.

The company also said it will give journalists access to a more secure internet by allowing them to easily set up their own virtual private network on a private server through an offering they call Outline.

"We think that having to log in once can improve the user experiences in a small but important way", said Bonita Stewart, VP of global partnerships.

"A lot of the solutions with come from the journalism industry and the tech industry working together", Ramirez said in the YouTube video.

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