PIB Notified Fact Checker for Government of India under IT Rules 2021

  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has updated the IT Rules, 2021, requiring intermediaries to inform users in English or any language specified in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. 
  • The fact check unit (FCU) under the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) was notified as the fact checking unit of the central government under rule 3(1)(b)(v) of the IT Rules 2021. 
  • The FCU has been working since November 2019 to tackle fake news pertaining to government policies, schemes, rules, regulations, programs, etc. 
  • The mandate of PIB’s Fact Check Unit aligns with the objective of auctioning a fact check unit for any business of the government under rule 3(1)(b)(v) of the IT Rules 2021.
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