Google will contribute €25m ($29.3m, £21.3m) to the European Media and Information Fund in a bid to tackle misinformation and fake news, the company said.
The fund, which has a duration of five years, will help organisations seeking to address key challenges such as helping adults and young people to improve media literacy skills, support and scale the critical work of fact-checkers and strengthen the expertise, research and resources to help fight misinformation.
The fund was launched by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the European University Institute last week.
“While navigating the uncertainty and challenges of the last year, it has proven more important than ever for people to access accurate information, and sort facts from fiction,” Matt Brittin, head of Google’s EMEA Business & Operations, said.
The European Digital Media Observatory, which is a European Commission project set up last year and whose members include fact checkers and academic researchers, will evaluate and select the projects.
The pledge comes as last year the Covid-19 pandemic and the US election led to a massive rise in misinformation, with some blaming social media for not being more proactive in tackling the issue.