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Common Cause and Lokniti Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), launched India’s first Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018) at the India Habitat Centre on May 9.

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FACT-CHECKERS ON THE WEB

         FACT-CHECKERS ON THE WEB

               Social Media Warriors Have Arrived

In India, in 2018 alone, at least 25 people have been lynched or beaten to death over a fake WhatsApp message. Growing internet penetration, low level of media literacy and rapidly decreasing credibility of traditional media have compounded the problem, triggering the process of ‘fact-checking.’ In an era when distrust of politicians and democratic institutions is shaping voter choices, fact-checking seems to be the accountability mechanism everyone is reaching out to. According to a survey by Reporters’ Lab, a centre for journalism research in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, the number of active fact-checking projects around the world now stands at 156 and the number is growing steadily. In India, people who had started fact-checking out of genuine concern have now turned it into a serious profession. Though the number of dedicated fact-checking initiatives is still smaller than the rest of the world, it is important to understand their ownership patterns, business models and overall functioning.

Here is a lowdown on some of India’s prominent fact-checking initiatives…

FACT-CHECKERS ON THE WEB

Akhilesh Patil

October-December, 2018