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An Initiative by Tech Giant Google: Training to 8000 journalists to fight against misinformation.

Source By PTI

Misinformation is false or incorrect information that is spread intentionally or unintentionally. Even before the age of technological advances, there has been public access to misinformation. The biggest culprit at the time was the media. The question of how to counteract the damage done by “fake news” has become a pressing issue both for technology companies and governments across the globe.

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In order to counteract “fake news” issue and to fight against misinformation, Technology giant Google has announced the training of 8000 journalist. Journalist from cities across India will be shortlisted and they will be given training in English and six other languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Kannada. The main objective of this training is to fight against misinformation and to providing new tools to the fourth estate against fake news.

This is an initiative by Google News Initiative India Training Network. They will run a five-day boot camps in which 200 journalists from cities across India will get training to verify the source of information. Later these 200 will get certification. These certified 200 journalists will train 8,000 journalists in six languages over the next year across India.

As per sources, journalist will be selected in three rounds. First boot camp training for English will be held in Gurugram from July 30-August 3, for which deadline is June 30 , For training in English, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil round two deadline is June 15, and for training in English, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali round three deadline is September 15.

The focus of the five-day boot camps will be fact-checking, online verification and digital hygiene for journalists. According to a source, Google has done collaboration with Internews, DataLeads and BoomLive to support ht etrainig programme . Also curriculum of the five-day boot camps is built by experts from First Draft, Storyful, AltNews, BoomLive, Factchecker and Dataleads. This training programme will make Google’s largest training network in the world.

“Supporting trusted, authoritative media sources is a top priority for Google.”- said Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab Lead (Asia-Pacific). She added, “When journalists and communities work together, armed with the online tools to verify information, they can build a bulwark of trusted media to fight the tide of misinformation,”

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