Investigative journalism project gets 50k Google grant

The Riga-based Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica and Latvian artificial intelligence start-up Toneboard have been awarded a 50,000 euro grant by internet behemoth Google. 

According to Re:Baltica, the money will be used to create a fact-checking platform to combat the spread of fake news and propaganda.

"Our idea is to create a 4facts.org platform where facts are checked at not only professionals, but also by ordinary members of the public. We hope to allow large-scale fact checking in regions with smaller languages, such as Latvia and Estonia," Re:Baltica said.

The money comes from Google's Digital News Initiative (DNI) Innovation Fund which is described as "a partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation."

Two other projects in Latvia have also received funding: one called Perfect Monitor in the name of Sultan Suleimanov and another called Social Zeitgesit Radar in the name of Renars Liepins.

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