Election Commission of India asks Facebook to block political ads 48 hours before elections


The Election Commission of India has asked Facebook to examine blocking of political advertisement during last 48-hours before elections in the country.

The social media giant has not responded to the request yet, but is examining the same.

At a meeting of the committee constituted by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to study provisions of Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a Facebook representative agreed to examine providing a window or button on the Facebook page for flagging complaints about violation of election laws.

It may be mentioned here that Section 126 of the Representation of the People prohibits displaying any election matter by means of television or similar apparatus, during the period of 48 hours before the hour fixed for conclusion of poll in a constituency.

(Source: PTI)

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