The following example shows how slow our laws and institutions are to compete with society: the Election Commission now has taken social media and search engines into account. For the first time, the candidates are asked to give details of their social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter etc.
The election commission announced the elections date on Sunday. Along with the dates, the commission also implied the Model Code of Conduct in the Country. The code of conduct declares certain Do-s and Don't for the candidates.
The election commission said that the social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google are bound to have a special watch on the upcoming elections. It said that the platforms will have certain “monitoring campaigns” to ensure that the elections go with the free flow.
Election Commission’s chief, Mr Sunil Arora, said that the social platforms are asked to recruit special officers to check if some candidate is involved in the dissemination of fake news.
The “grievance officers will take "necessary and prompt actions against the contents published on their platforms", said the chief of the election commission.
"The Internet and Mobile Association of India, in consultation with the Election Commission, is formulating a set of code of ethics for intermediary online platforms. This is work in progress," added the election chief. All expenditure on campaigning ads on social media has to be included in the election expenditure account,” he added on the issue.
However, Mr Arora didn’t mention the name of Whatsapp single time in his speech. Whatsapp uses end-to-end encryption which makes the fake news perpetrator a lot harder to find.
Elections will be held in seven rounds, starting from 11th of April. The Results of elections will be announced on the 23rd of May.
The seven phases’ dates are the following: April 11, April 19, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.