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The ‘fact check’ is that Indians will have little choice

  • Published
    15th Apr, 2023


  • The amended IT Rules has allowed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to determine “fake or false or misleading” Internet content about “any business of the Central Government”.


  • Fact check body- MeitY notified amendments to the Information Technology Rules, 2021, creating a regulatory regime that will allow a fact check body to label content related to the government on online platforms as “fake” or “misleading”.
  • Condition to retain ‘safe harbour’-Content marked as such by the body will have to be taken down by online intermediaries if they wish to retain their ‘safe harbour’.
  • Appeal Mechanism- The government is also planning to establish an appeals mechanism when it notifies the unit.

Fact Check Body:

  • Four member body- The Fact Check Unit (FCU) is likely to have four members — a representative from the IT Ministry and one from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, a “media expert” and a “legal expert”.
  • Highest levels of professional and ethical standards-The unit will uphold the highest levels of professional and ethical standards to ensure trustworthiness and neutrality.
  • Provision to “prominently display” -The FCU is expected to require platforms to “prominently display” when they take content down on the basis of the unit’s inputs.
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