Ensure poll law is not violated in campaigning: EC to Twitter, Facebook

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Wednesday urged Twitter and Facebook to ensure provisions of electoral law, which bars display of campaign material in the ‘silence period’ in run up to polls, are followed on their platforms.

The poll panels request to the social media giants comes against the backdrop of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the BJP reportedly asking voters of Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram on the internet platforms to cast ballot in their favour.

Instead of writing to the two parties, the EC preferred to write to Twitter and Facebook, urging them to ensure that election law is not violated.

“The tweets could be taken out by the company,” a senior functionary said on the condition of anonymity. (AGENCIES)