Head of Google: IT focuses on reliable information for Ukraine | National/World News

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Information technology companies are focused on providing reliable information and Russian propaganda against the invasion of Ukraine, the CEO of Google and Alphabet Inc.

Sundar Pichai met Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw to discuss ways to help the war-torn Ukrainian people.

“We are also working to ensure that reliable and useful information reaches people through our products,” Pichai said after the meeting.

This includes air raid alerts to Ukrainians as well as information on shelters and humanitarian aid. “We also block channels and apps associated with Russian state-funded media,” Pichai said.

Google has donated $35 million to humanitarian organizations working in Ukraine and offers grants and scholarships to Polish refugees and NGOs. An additional $10 million will go to supporting civil society in Ukraine.

Pichai and Morawiecki also held a remote meeting with Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and with a representative of the Czech Prime Minister infected with COVID-19, Petr Fiala. The three prime ministers met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv two weeks ago to discuss the best ways to offer their support.

Leaders of countries bordering Russia and Ukraine have appealed to the heads of major IT companies to help them fight fake news and curb Russian propaganda about the war.

Morawiecki expressed his “personal thanks” to Pichai, for his “critical role” in spreading the truth during wartime.

“Russia is moving from autocracy to totalitarian rule where propaganda is so important,” Morawiecki said.

That’s why the role of Google and news platforms is “crucially important in this war for freedom,” Morawiecki said. “Google is helping in this war for freedom (by) spreading the truth.”

Pichai also met with Polish humanitarian NGOs and Ukrainian startup teams.

Some 2.3 million of Ukraine’s 4 million refugees have sought refuge in Poland since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

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