Google has announced new long-term partnerships in Central and Eastern Europe to combat the spread of misinformation online. The region is considered highly vulnerable to disinformation and propaganda due to its proximity to the war in Ukraine. In the Baltics, Google has entered into long-term partnerships with the Civic Resilience Initiative and the Baltic Center for Media Excellence. These two organisations will receive €1.3m in funding from Google to increase media literacy, build resilience and tackle disinformation in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In addition, Google is partnering with the Charles University in Prague and providing €1m in funding for the Central European Digital Media Observatory (CEDMO) to further expand its research into information disorders and increase levels of media and digital literacy in Poland, Czechia and Slovakia. Google continuously adapts its policies, product features and technologies to prevent abuse and supports fact-checkers and academics globally.
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