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Fake news: MeitY to head fact-checking team

The central government is likely to opt for a fact-checking team led by the electronics and information technology ministry to verify any information pertaining to the government published on social media and internet intermediaries. The three-member body will consist of two officials from the IT ministry and a third independent member with expertise in law, social media, or public policy. The team will coordinate with other departments of the government on the fact-check, a top official said.

Why it’s important: The development marks a departure from the government’s earlier stance where the Press Information Bureau was identified as the agency to carry out fact-checks. The move has faced serious criticism from free speech activists and media associations. MoneyControl

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