Google search panels launch to counter vaccine misinformation
Google is launching new vaccine info panels in its search outcomes to counter misinformation and educate individuals about what’s accessible of their location, the corporate introduced in the present day. The panels are rolling out beginning in the UK, the place the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine is authorized and is being administered, and might be launched in additional nations as native well being authorities start authorizing vaccines.
The panels embrace info on every particular person vaccine, and intention to handle vaccine misinformation, and provides steering about how, when, and the place individuals can obtain the pictures. Google has used comparable info panels to share details about COVID-19 usually, in addition to the areas of testing facilities.
Along with search outcomes, Google says it’s sharing comparable vaccine info by way of its COVID-19 panels on YouTube. These had been first launched in March to share details about the pandemic, and Google says they’ve been considered over 400 billion occasions since. Google has additionally been cracking down on anti-vax content material on YouTube, and introduced in October that it could take away movies containing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. It now says it’s eliminated over 700,000 movies “associated to harmful or deceptive COVID-19 medical info.”
Lastly, Google has introduced it’s offering extra funds to assist well being authorities and the media present helpful details about vaccines and debunk misinformation. The corporate is offering an extra $15 million in advert grants to the World Well being Group to assist it promote well being initiatives, and it’s spending $1.5 million to help fact-checking analysis and fund a COVID-19 Vaccine Media Hub, which is meant to be a useful resource for journalists to assist in giving them entry to scientific experience and analysis updates. It’s additionally funding analysis into the way to counteract vaccine misinformation.
In complete, Google says it has launched over 200 merchandise, options, and initiatives in response to the pandemic.
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