MP, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Rajasthan will go to elections later this year.
An ECI official said: “We are trying to build capacity to combat fake news, which is published or broadcast just before the polls. Just as social media majors have begun to use fact checkers, we are also looking at creating a process to check fake news.”
The ECI aims to end the rampant circulation of news that is not authentic; motivated to instigate or create fear; or to favour a particular party.
The ECI will use the same mechanism in the 2019 parliamentary elections.