FB, Twitter to help EC check fake news during elections

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Oct 2018 08:34:58


 

NEW DELHI,


Social media giants Twitter and Facebook have assured the EC that they will not allow their platforms to be used for anything which effects the purity of polls during campaign period

INTERNET major Google and social media giants Twitter and Facebook have assured the Election Commission that they will not allow their platforms to be used for anything which effects the purity of polls during campaign period, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said. He said it was tested during the Karnataka elections.  “Small pilot was there. That was the beginning. Now we will have a bigger pilot before Lok Sabha elections in these four states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram,” the CEC told PTI.


Assembly polls are due in the four States later this year.
Rawat said a committee under Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha had called regional and local heads of Google, Facebook and Twitter and had asked them as to what they can do for ensuring purity of Indian elections such as avoiding adverse impact of fake news and targeted communication to voters.

“They have all committed that during campaign period, they will not allow anything which is adversely effecting level playing field be allowed on their platforms... During the last 48 hours before the close of poll, they have committed that nothing of elections will be allowed on their platforms,” he said.

The last 48 hours before the elections come to a close is called ‘silence period’ so that voter can calmly decide on as to whom to vote. The companies have also assured the poll watchdog that political
advertisements will be flagged, including the amount spent, so that expenditure can also be accounted for during campaign period, the CEC said.