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Fact-check unit UPSC NOTE

 PIB’s Fact Check Unit

  • It was established in November 2019.

  • It was started with an objective of acting as a deterrent to creators and disseminators of fake news and misinformation. 

  • It also provides people with an easy avenue to report suspicious and questionable information pertaining to the Government of India.

  • It is mandated to counter misinformation on Government policies, initiatives and schemes either suo motu or under a reference via complaints.

  • The FCU actively monitors, detects, and counters disinformation campaigns, ensuring that false information about the Government is promptly exposed and corrected.


  • It is headed by a senior DG/ADG level officer of the Indian Information Service (IIS)

  • The day-to-day operations of the Unit are handled by IIS officers at various levels.

  • The Unit reports to the Principal Director General, PIB who functions as the Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India.

Fact-Check Mechanism

  • Users send requests over WhatsApp, email or a web portal. 

  • Each such request received is considered as a ‘Query’

  • Queries are segregated by the Unit based on their relevance to matters pertaining to Government of India.

  • Only queries pertaining to Government of India are considered and taken up as Actionable Queries, while others are deemed not relevant for action.



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