In view of reported increase in fake news especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, a fact check committee has been constituted by Department of Information and Public Relations, under the chairmanship of Deputy Director, IPR, Denhang Bosai.
The committee’s first meeting was held in the office chamber of Secretary IPR, Himanshu Gupta in Itanagar, an official statement said on June 1.
During the meeting, he expressed concern over the inundation of fake news, especially in the social media and asked the committee members to ensure the filtration of news.
Gupta also asked the members to give rebuttal at the earliest to prevent such fake news from spreading further and suggested that fake news of serious and sensitive nature should be reported to the police.
The committee shall devote a minimum of one hour every evening to find out fake posts and articles that may, through its nature, incite violence or hatred among the public, he directed.