This is how google going to tackle COVID vaccine misinformation
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Google revealed on Thursday that a new knowledge panel would be launched in Quest to address misinformation on coronavirus vaccines. The search engine said in a blog post that the United Kingdom would be the first country to get the feature since the Pfizer vaccine for COVID has already been rolled out in the country. Other countries will get a new Google feature as soon as they begin to accept coronavirus vaccines.
In an attempt to address misconceptions about covid vaccinations, Google aims to disseminate accurate knowledge about the vaccine through collaborations with the health authorities.
“Beginning in the United Kingdom, we are introducing a new search feature so that when people search for information on COVID-19 vaccines, a list of approved vaccines will appear at their venue, as well as information panels on each individual vaccine. As other health authorities continue to approve vaccines, we will implement this new feature in more countries,” said Karen DeSalvo, MD, M.P.H., Chief Health Officer, Google Health in a blog post.
Google launched similar information panels on its YouTube music website in March. In his blog, the search giant announced that the knowledge panels had been viewed 400 million times. The panels are visible on the YouTube site and on some of the videos.
“Launched in March, our COVID-19 YouTube information panels have been viewed 400 billion times, making them an important source of authoritative information. These panels are featured on the YouTube homepage, videos and pandemic search results. Updates to the panels will connect citizens directly to information on vaccinations from global and local health authorities. Since YouTube creators are a trusted voice within their communities, we also help creators by linking them with leading health experts to make content about COVID-19 and vaccines useful and engaging to their audiences,” the blog reads.
Google said that when the pandemic first broke out it gave $250 million in Ad Grants to more than 100 government agencies around the world to make important public service announcements about COVID-19. It has worked with fact-checking groups to fight disinformation on its website.
The search giant has reported that it has removed more than 700,000 videos that misled people about COVID-19 and spread false details about the disease. “We also continue to remove harmful COVID-19 misinformation from other products such as Ads, Google Maps, and the Play Store,” Google said.
Source: India Today
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