“Grotesque”: Google, YouTube Invest $12 Million in Global Fact-Checking Media Network

By Suzanne Burdick, Ph.D.The Defender

Reacting to Tuesday’s announcement that Google and YouTube will fund a global fact-checking network through the media institute Poynter, media expert Mark Crispin Miller, Ph.D., said, “This is grotesque — almost to the point of comedy, except it’s not funny.”

Claiming that “Combating misinformation is an ongoing global challenge for society,” Google and YouTube on Tuesday said they will spend $12 million to create a Global Fact Check Fund that will support a network of 135 fact-checking organizations operating from 65 countries in more than 80 languages.

The money is part of a $13.5 million grant the tech companies awarded the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a division of the nonprofit media institute Poynteraccording to Mashable.

The money will go toward scaling up existing operations of Poynter’s IFCN, and also toward launching new initiatives to elevate what the IFCN deems to be “information” and reduce what it deems to be “misinformation,” the companies said.

“The world needs fact-checking more than ever before,” said Baybars Örsek, executive director of the IFCN. “This partnership with Google and YouTube infuses financial support to global fact-checkers and is a step in the right direction.”

However, Mark Crispin Miller, Ph.D., professor of media studies at New York University, told The Defender he found the development to be “grotesque — almost to the point of comedy, except that it’s not funny.”

Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., author of Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom, also criticized Google and YouTube’s financial partnership with the IFCN, telling The Defender:

Google and YouTube are not purveyors of information; they are tools for the totalitarian control of information. They have engaged in censorship, down-ranking, and black-listing information, likely since their inception.

Their outsourcing of such functions to the IFCN is no surprise at all. The IFCN is merely an agent of the totalitarian regime.

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Hopefully the past two years have educated the public on how one man’s ‘misinformation’ is another man’s truth.  All this censorship does is make it harder to read dissenting opinions from the accepted narrative, which hurts everyone.  This is causing people to go elsewhere for their information – and rightly so.

After being sued, Facebook admits it’s “Fact checks” are statements of opinion which are protected under the First Amendment.

Poynter, who’s revenue increased 150% since 2017-2022, engages in “double-speak” when it says it “fortifies journalism’s role in a free society” and “champions freedom of expression,” while it censors dissenters, clearly exemplifying the tactic of using the inverse of the truth. 

Now, thanks to this new grant from Google and Youtube, IFCN can expand its “fact-checking.”

Major funders are:

The Defender reached out to Poynter requesting more specific information about its funding sources but Poynter did not respond by the deadline.

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