India says new IT fact-checking unit will not censor journalism

Canada Global (Web News) According to Federal Minister on Friday, the proposed Indian government unit to fact-check stories on social media is not intended to control journalists or have any effect on media reporting.

Online services like Facebook and Twitter run by Meta Platforms Inc. (META.O) are required to “make reasonable efforts” to not “publish, share, or host” any information about the government that is “fake, false, or misleading,” according to a recently modified IT regulation.

Press freedom groups vehemently oppose the government-appointed unit, while Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s minister of state for IT, stated in an online conversation that it was “not true” that it was intended to “censor journalism.”

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