EC directs Twitter to pull-down poll-related tweets


The Election Commission has ordered micro-blogging platform Twitter India to remove all tweets related to exit polls. The order comes at a time when the Phase VI Lok Sabha elections are nearing towards their end on May 19.

But Twitter was yet to react to the EC order.

Apart from the social media company, ECI has also pulled up and sent notices to three media houses for publishing surveys which predicted the election results. The Election Commission(ECI) had asked “as to why action should not be taken against them for violation of provision of section 126A of Representation of the People Act”.

The exit polls would be announced on May 19, after voting in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The ECI has been taking several steps to monitor the content being spread social media platforms during the time of Lok Sabha elections. The social media sites become a medium of fake political campaigns and fake news which may influence the voters’ choice.

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