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Misinformation Combat Alliance (MCA)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH

Context: The Misinformation Combat Alliance (MCA) is a group of 14 digital publishers that have proposed forming a self-regulatory body to provide fact-checking services to social media platforms.


About the Alliance:

About Details
Purpose Combat misinformation and build tools for fact-checking
Membership Founded in 2022, it is open to any organization that applies
Number of Members 14 digital publishers including Boom Live, Factly, The Logical Indian, Vishwas News, The Quint
Legal provision Recent Amendment to Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 has provision for the establishment of a government-run body to fact-check any misinformation about the government. MCA has approached the government to act as a self-regulating body to flag fake news online
Concerns MCA’s members do not include all major fact-checking sites in India e.g., ‘Alt News’ has doubted the credibility of the MCA
Other fact-checking initiatives Press Information Bureau’s fact check; International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN); The Healthy Indian Project, a site which is dedicated to medical and nutritional misinformation