Facebook is set to launch a social media program in India, targeting ‘fake, misleading or biased news’, the company announced.
The company is working with Indian authorities to develop a program that will tackle ‘false, misleading, or biased’ news and information, Facebook said in a statement.
The company has been using similar tactics in the past in order to fight fake news.
India is the world’s second largest market for Facebook, with 1.6 billion users.
The program will be available from October 26.
The initiative will be launched as a free service to all Indians.
Facebook says it has been working with India’s police forces to monitor fake news and promote awareness on issues related to India.
The Indian government has said it will soon launch a national ‘counter-fake news initiative’ that will focus on content that ‘contradicts the country’s national interest’.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also recently made it a central focus of his government’s efforts to combat misinformation and propaganda on the social network.