Centre notifies its fact check unit to red-flag news it considers false

Syllabus: GS-II Subject: Polity, Topic: Institutions, Issue: Fact checking unit .

Context: The Supreme Court stayed the “Fact Check Unit” for identifying “fake news.”

FCU Functions:

  • It is tasked with flagging false information related to the Central government on social media.
  • Social media platforms are mandated to take down flagged content or face litigation.


  • Excessive power to control online information and potentially stifling free speech.
  • Its establishment raised concerns about press freedom and government impartiality.
  • Could be used to suppress criticism of the government.
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