Indian Government Ready To Battle Fake News With New Module FACT

Indian Government Ready To Battle Fake News With New Module FACT

Fact checking module is going to be set up under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. FACT team will also bring out appropriate content to counter fake news’ narrative.

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The Indian Government has set four principles — find, assess, create and target (FACT) for battling fake news. Initially, the government’s FACT check module is going to be confirmed by Indian information service officers. The officers are expected to trace online news sources and publicly available social media posts round the clock for any potential fake news.

Additionally, the government officers will also look out for information brought out by online influencers. Since these influencers are not bound by standards of ethics applicable to traditional media outlets, the government feels that they increase the traction of misleading information.

The team battling fake news is also expected to look out for themes or stories promoting false and misleading information especially related to the government or its supported agencies.

Further, if the fact check team comes across any hint of fake news on online media platforms or other places, it can then vest its decision to respond to such content. The information will then be flagged to relevant ministries or departments, which are involved, with a recommended approach to the response. Moreover, besides reviewing content and raising alarm over any false news or misinformation, the FACT team will also bring out appropriate content to counter the narrative.

As of now, the FACT check mechanism will focus more on online and digital content, however, the government will also start to track news on electronic media in the near future.

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