Google launched a campaign against “fake news” on Ukrainian refugees in Germany

Tech giant Google wants to extend a campaign with educational videos against false information on the net to Germany. According to the company, millions of people have already watched such films in other EU countries.

The goal is to teach people to distinguish between manipulative content. Signs of misinformation can be language that affects people emotionally or placing responsibility for baseless claims on certain social groups.

The 90-second videos will be shown in advertising slots on YouTube, as well as on Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook platforms. According to the company, the idea of campaign is based on investigations by psychologists at the British universities of Cambridge and Bristol, who have developed a concept of misinformation prevention (“prebunking”).

Whether on Corona, climate change, war or migration, there are numerous of topics on which disinformation is deliberately spread on the Internet,” says a Google blog entry. The actors behind it tried to manipulate people and public opinion and destabilize democratic societies.

More than 4.8 million refugees from Ukraine have flooded Europe since the war began, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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