Google’s Mystery $15 Million Payment To Fact Checkers Revealed

( )- A global network of fact-checkers “on the front lines of the fight against disinformation” will receive $13.2 million from Google and YouTube, the companies announced on Tuesday.

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which consists of 135 fact-checking groups from 65 countries and over 80 languages, will be supported by a $12 million Global Fact Check Fund, which is the cornerstone of the investment. The Fund will debut in early 2023.

According to Google and YouTube, this is by far the largest donation they have ever received for fact-checking.

The 96 groups that have been embraced and are regarded to be under the IFCN’s fact-checking guidelines will receive the majority of the funding, according to the IFCN. PolitiFact, Reuters, Snopes, and The Washington Post Fact Checker are a few of them.

Poynter, which calls itself a “global leader in journalism” and a “thought leader,” is supported by the libertarian-conservative Charles Koch Foundation and many liberal organizations, including the George Soros-founded Open Society Foundations.

PolitiFact, a well-known fact-checking source in the US, is also housed at Poynter. PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize winner renowned for giving the “You Can Keep Your Health Care Plan” pledge of then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama a “True” rating, has long come under fire for having biases in favor of the political left and against the political right.

Recent research by the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center (MRC) suggests that Politifact is “far more sensitive” when someone makes false statements about Biden than when Biden himself does it.

The MRC investigation concentrated on the Democrat president’s first year in office, during which he received 40 fact-checks from PolitiFact, compared to 230 checks for his detractors. The following eight months, from January 20 to September 19, 2022, witnessed 108 checks of Biden’s detractors and 18 checks of Biden, and it was discovered that the pattern persisted over that time.

According to the MRC, throughout the first 20 months of his presidency, Biden received 58 fact-checks, while his detractors received 338. There were 5.8 fact checks of detractors of Biden for every one of the presidents overall.

Additionally, according to the MRC, critics of Biden are more likely to receive a “Mostly False” or worse rating from Politifact than are Biden’s false claims, which include his claims that he was a “full professor” at the University of Pennsylvania and that the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan was an “extraordinary success.”