Facebook Sets Aside $1M Apiece for Fact-Checking, Local Newsrooms During Coronavirus Pandemic

Grants go to the International Fact-Checking Network; Lenfest Institute for Journalism/Local Media Association

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Facebook is putting some bucks behind its effort to ensure that news on its platform is accurate and plentiful during the coronavirus pandemic.

The social network kicked off a $1 million grant program to help the International Fact-Checking Network boost its capacity during the crisis.

Head of Facebook integrity partnerships Keren Goldshlager and Orlando Watson, who works on strategic partner development, integrity partnerships and news policies, said in a blog post, “As the impact of Covid-19 has spread around the world, our independent third-party fact-checking partners have been debunking hoaxes across dozens of countries and languages.

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