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Google releases Chinese version of guide to fighting disinformation

2019/08/07 17:39:45

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Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Google presented Wednesday a Chinese version of a white paper titled "How Google Fights Disinformation," detailing what steps the technology giant has been taking against disinformation, according to a senior Google official.

In a post on the official Google blog for Taiwan, Anita Chen (陳幼臻), senior manager of public and government affairs at Google Taiwan, said that with the release of the 29-page document, Google hopes to show how Google uses algorithms to elevate authoritative, high-quality information in its products.

Open access to information brings challenges, Chen said, adding that one of which is the spread of disinformation.

"In the worst cases, the impact of disinformation campaigns can affect an entire society. The stakes of accurately identifying disinformation are higher because disinformation often concerns issues at the core of political society, for which the free exchange of ideas and information among genuine voices is of the greatest importance," Google said in the white paper, which was originally published in February.

To successfully counter the rapid spread of false information requires not only the efforts of individuals or organizations, but a concerted effort, according to Chen.

The tech firm has ramped up its efforts to tackle the spread of disinformation since 2018.

Google announced the launch of a three-year, US$300 million Google News Initiative (GNI) in March last year, as part of its effort to strengthen quality journalism worldwide and combat the proliferation of disinformation.

To date, GNI has invested US$17 million in related projects in the Asia-Pacific region and has cooperated with 78 media-related organizations in the region.

In June, Google teamed up with Taiwan Fact Checking Center -- the nation's first partner institution with International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a department of the non-profit journalism school Poynter Institute in Florida, to hold a three-day training session for media workers in Taiwan.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Chung Yu-chen)
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