2019 Lok Sabha polls: Social media dos and don'ts for parties, candidates

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora has said that the EC will watch out for any content aimed at destroying the electoral process. 

Social media giants like- Facebook, Twitter and Google have said that they will work with the Election Commission in tandem to curb any sort of hate speech or misuse of content related to polling.

Here's taking a quick look at some of the key guidelines issued for parties and candidates for Lok Sabha with respect to social media campaigning.

In a first, social media giants roped in

The Election Commission has also asked Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to verify all the political advertisements coming from various political parties. 

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Leave out defence personnel!

The Commission has strictly maintained that the images or reference to defence personnel, martyrs should not be a part of campaigning purposes on social media or otherwise. 


Furnish social media details

Candidates will be required to furnish details of their social media accounts at the time of filing nominations. 


Social media activities under scanner

Social media activities of candidates would be under strict scrutiny by the Election Commission

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Social media expense to be part of poll expenditure 

Parties and candidates are required to club their campaigning expenditure, including money spent on social media, with their total poll expenditure. 

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