Fact-Checking the Environment

As individuals, we boast an invaluable power to form our own opinion. While, this ability somewhat decides the course of our lives, it’s of no use if we don’t compliment the whole thing with a particular tool. The tool we are talking about here is knowledge. It’s a safe assumption to make that without proper knowledge we don’t come close to being what we are today. Such an assumption, of course, shouldn’t take away the said tool’s importance in the olden times. Nevertheless, like every other thing, our methods to gain and utilize knowledge have also evolved for the better, and something like technology has been a massive part of this transition. The ease with which you can learn the ropes of literally anything now gives us a window into the future, which has all the momentum to be better, but that still doesn’t quite solve the issues we face at present. Now, if technology has enhanced our approach to learning and communicating, one cannot overlook the fact that it has also widened the space for misinformation at the same time. Every day it’s a challenge to segregate facts from false alarms and in a case where the topic is of sensitive nature, any errors on your part can easily lead to damaging ramifications. A good example of this could be how climate change deniers these days are actively trying to convince people that everything is fine on the basis of wrongly constructed information. However, the world is finally revving up to thwart such efforts, and by the looks of it, Google and YouTube are leading the charge.

As per the official announcement made by Google, the company will no longer facilitate the monetization of content that denies climate change in any shape or form. It must be noted that Google’s stance on the situation also extends to YouTube, which has its own share of publishers, advertisers, and creators who use the platform for furthering their agenda of deeming environmental problems as a mere hoax.

“When evaluating content against this new policy, we’ll look carefully at the context in which claims are made, differentiating between content that states a false claim as fact, versus content that reports on or discusses that claim,” Google said in its statement.

The company will achieve this goal through collaboration between advanced automated technology and painstakingly-done human reviews, thus bringing in a robust and hard-to-bypass monitoring policy. Interestingly, though, it’s not the first attempt within the Google ecosystem that is directed at tackling misinformation. Only recently, YouTube made a decision to ban the content that conjured a false representation of Covid 19 vaccine. As far as environment-friendly efforts are concept, Google already has a host of features on its roster that do the work of cutting back on our carbon footprint.

 

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