Announced on Tuesday afternoon, YouTube will team up with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) to launch a support fund to finance fact-checking and anti-disinformation projects in the run-up to Brazil’s presidential election.
Dubbed the Jogo Limpo (Fair Play) program, the fund will dish out grants of up to USD 25,000 to journalists and media outlets who develop content, tools, and/or projects to ensure the dissemination of “factual, accessible, and vital information” throughout the election campaign. The program fund has a total value of USD 150,000.
Selected projects will also be offered three months of mentorship and their work may be showcased on YouTube and the ICFJ’s platforms.
A constant concern since the 2018 election, the fear of social media disinformation muddying Brazil’s electoral waters has returned to the spotlight, particularly after Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
While the much-talked-about USD 44 billion sale was celebrated by supporters of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, others are afraid that Mr. Musk’s liberal attitude toward content moderation could worsen the deluge of misinformation and inauthentic activity on the social media platform.