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Google’s Plan to Stare Down Fake News on Ukrainian Refugees

  • Search engine sees growing resentment of refugees in EU
  • Research shows short educational clips can defuse propaganda

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is hoping an ad campaign can help prevent misinformation percolating about Ukrainian refugees who fled Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion from shaping public opinion.

Google is premiering a series of 90-second videos in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic that will seek to educate viewers about how to avoid being manipulated, according to Beth Goldberg, the head of research at its anti-propaganda unit Jigsaw.