NEW DELHI: The government has taken serious note of rising incidences of fake news on social media and digital platforms and has decided to set up a fact-checking module under the ministry of information and broadcasting, the government’s public relations arm, to identify such cases and take corrective action. The decision was triggered by a spate of “fake” reports online, the latest being one in a section of Bangladeshi media that claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated CJI Ranjan Gogoi over the Ayodhya verdict. While the government was quick to clarify that the report was “malicious” and “fake”, sources said the matter led the PMO and the I&B ministry to conclude that a formal mechanism to tackle such fake news was needed urgently. The government’s FACT Check module, which is to be initially manned by information service officers, will work on the four principles of find, assess, create and target (FACT), which involves round-the-clock monitoring of online news sources and publicly available social media posts. Since misleading information often finds traction through online influencers who are not bound by standards of ethics applicable to traditional media outlets, the team will also identify themes or stories that promote false and misleading… Read full this story
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