Google and YouTube gave a $13.2 million grant to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network – the goal is to launch a global “fact-checking” fund.
The grant will support 135 fact-checking organizations that are part of the Poynter Institute.
On Tuesday, 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,” set to launch in early 2023.
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The move, which marks the companies’ largest fact-checking grant to date, comes as they continue to ramp up their fight against “misinformation” online.
According to Google and YouTube, the grant will “support [the Poynter Institute’s] network of 135 fact-checking organizations from 65 countries covering over 80 languages.”
The companies justified their decision by noting that “helping people to identify misinformation is a global challenge.”
The Poynter Institute is located in St. Petersburg, Florida. It receives funding from the Koch Foundation and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
PolitiFact is also part of the Institute – PolitiFact has been called out for its bias against conservatives.
The IFCN is housed by Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Describing itself as a “global leader in journalism” and a “thought leader,” Poynter receives funding from the libertarian-conservative Charles Koch Foundation, as well as from a dozens of progressive groups, including the Open Society Foundations founded and chaired by George Soros.
Poynter also houses PolitiFact, a well-known fact-checking outlet in the United States. A Pulitzer Prize winner that famously gave then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama’s “You Can Keep [Your Health Care Plan]” promise a “True” rating, PolitiFact has long faced criticism of engaging in biases in favor of the political left and against the political right.
According to a recent analysis by conservative media watchdog Media Research Center (MRC), Politifact appears to be “much more sensitive” about someone making false claims about Biden than it is about Biden making false claims.
The MRC analysis focused on the Democrat president’s first year in office, during which he was fact-checked by PolitiFact 40 times, while his critics were checked 230 times. The pattern was found to continue in the next eight months from Jan. 20 to Sept. 19, 2022, which saw 18 PolitiFact checks on Biden and 108 checks of Biden critics.
Big Tech is trying to control the narrative.