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Google spends $300 million to fight fake newsIt's called Google News Initiative, with the aim of promoting verified news sources. Plus its "Subscribe With Google" offers subscriptions to news services.
Google has long been criticized for promoting and elevating fake news, especially as a breaking news event is unfolding. There are plenty of examples, just look at last month as to what happened during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The top trending videos on YouTube were made up conspiracy theory videos about the student survivors being actors. Some of this garbage racks up millions of views in just hours. It became clear that Google needed to do something to control the monster it created. So this week the search giant announced a new program. It's called the Google News Initiative. It is designed to fight the spread of misinformation online. In fact, Google says it is pouring $300 million into solving it's fake news problem over the next three years. For startes Google says it's gonna change it's algoriths to elevate verified news sources. And to do that it's parnering with top publications. But Google is also looking at the business model of news, and it a lauched a service called Subscribe with Google. The pont is to make it easier for readers to sign up for a paid subscription, but using a google account. Just a few taps can link your subscription to all your devices, so you don't have to keep signing in all the time and filling out these long forms. Dozens of outlets are on board now, including the Washington Post and the Miami Herald. But there's also the matter of education. Google says it is working with research institutes and university groups to help teach more digital literacy to youth and to clarify what is wrong during a breaking news moment. Do you think you can make a difference? Let us know in the comments. I'm Bridget Carey. For more details on this and more, head to cnet.com.