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Canada invests $3 mln to combat COVID-19 misinformation

Canada invests $3 mln to combat COVID-19 misinformation

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Apr 2020, 12:27 pm

Ottawa/UNI: As the world is fighting coronavirus amid reports of fake news which are daily misleading the people, Canada on Wednesday decided to invest $ 3 million to counter misinformation online about the pandemic.

"Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $3 million in several organizations through the Digital Citizen Initiative’s Digital Citizen Contribution Program," Department of Canadian Heritage said in a statement.

"This funding will help combat false and misleading COVID-19 information as well as the racism and stigmatization that are often the result", it further said.

Funded projects will reach Canadians on a national and local scale, online and offline, in minority communities, in both official languages and in Indigenous communities.

The largest chunk of money - $679,176 - will go to Digital Public Square, a project housed at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

In September, too, the Trudeau government announced a $450 million media bailout. 

 

Canada invests $3 mln to combat COVID-19 misinformation

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