Updated March 20th, 2024 at 21:00 IST

Centre Notifies Fact Check Unit Under Press Information Bureau To Monitor Online Content

The Centre has issued notification for the Fact Check Unit under the Press Information Bureau of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Edited by: Kriti Dhingra
The Centre has issued notification for the Fact Check Unit under the Press Information Bureau of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. | Image:ANI/File
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre on Wednesday issued notification for the Fact Check Unit under the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to monitor online content pertaining to the government for accuracy. The fact check unit has been notified under IT Rules of 2021 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

"The central government hereby notifies the Fact Check Unit under the Press Information Bureau of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as the fact check unit of the Central Government for the purposes of the said sub-clause, in respect of any business of the Central Government," the notification said.

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The Fact Check Unit will be the nodal agency to tackle or alert about all fake news or misinformation related to the central government, news agency PTI reported.

The notification comes days after the Bombay High Court declined to restrain the Centre from notifying the unit.  

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The petitioners have moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay HC verdict and the matter is expected to come up for hearing on Thursday.

In April last year, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) promulgated the 2023 Rules, which further amended the Information Technology Rules, 2021.

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Under the new rules, if the fact check unit comes across or is informed about any posts that are "fake", "false" or contain "misleading" facts pertaining to the business of the government, it would flag it to the social media intermediaries.

The online intermediaries would then have to take down such content if they wanted to retain their "safe harbour" (legal immunity against third-party content). 

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Published March 20th, 2024 at 18:36 IST