Misinformation is playing a huge role in India at the moment. It has created a ruckus amongst all the social media companies. There are a lot of companies trying to cut down on the misinformation and fake news on their respective platforms. The Indian government is getting stricter by the day when it comes to fake news and spreading the misinformation. WhatsApp and the Indian government are in a feud over fake news.
The government wants WhatsApp to do some things which are not physically possible for the messaging company. The company even threatened to leave the country if the regulations were put in place. There are many applications which are having this problem. Not only that there are many companies and search engines having this problem. That said, the general elections are just two months away and Google is going to train over 8000 journalists for the same.
Misinformation is something which might play a crucial role in this election and no one wants to be hunted down by the same. That said, the American giant is going to eliminate the possibility of the fake news being reported by the learned journalists. They are going to visit over 30 cities all around India and are going to make sure that the journalist knows how to differentiate between fake news and authentic news. This is where Google will come in and have some interesting and creative ways to educate the journalist.
That said, Google is going to teach the journalists in over six languages. The languages listed as of now are Marathi, English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Odia, and Telugu. These many languages will be used by the company to teach the journalist. The journalists learning to differentiate between authentic and fake news is very important. The other thing will be about data, the authenticity of the data is also very important.
This was launched by Google in the month of March in 2018. It is known as Google News Initiative and it is an effort from the company to change how the journalism is looked at in India. The company wants to change the way news is taken in and paid for in the country. There are various methods but not all are white and there is a difference in the journalism practiced in India.
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The last six months have been massive for the company. It gained almost 241 trainers across all the languages mentioned above. More than 5260 journalists trained and these journalists were gathered from more than 40 cities. More than 200 newsrooms and universities were covered in the last six months.
The company now plans to train another ten thousand journalists in India. It has lined up the plans to do the same. This is a fantastic initiative taken up by Google.
The American giant even selected 10 YouTube channels that will be funded. There are some notable names in the list. BhaDiPa (Bhartiya Digital Party), FACTLY, NDTV, India Today Group are some of the notable names amongst those.