One Big Thing: Do tech companies have a larger role to play in combatting misinformation?
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Yesterday, Google pledged nearly $30 million to combat online misinformation around the world. Most of the money will be used to support the European University Institute, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the European Digital Media Observatory which work to strengthening media literacy skills and supporting fact-checkers. Big tech has been under pressure to step up in the fight against misinformation including last week’s Congressional hearing which saw Google, Facebook and Twitter’s CEOs testify. Many have accused accusing the platforms of allowing misinformation related to the election and the COVID-19 vaccine to be amplified online.