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Sweden to Give Mainstream Media £1.2 Million to Fight Fake News in Run-up to National Election

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October 30, 2017

The Swedish government announced it will be granting four mainstream media outlets 13.5 million krona (£1.2 million) to combat so-called “fake news” ahead of next year’s national election.

The project will be paid for through the Swedish state fund for research and development Vinnova, which describes the project as a digitally based fact-checking platform, in a press release.

The platform is a collaboration between public broadcaster SVT, Sveriges Radio, the Bonnier publishing corporation, and Schibsted who own the newspapers Aftonbladetand Svenska Dagbladet.

Vinnova describes the anti-fake news platform as a “digital platform to highlight factual reviews made by various editors, such as statements in the political debate and messages that get spread through social media”.

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