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Will draft 'code of ethics' in next 24 hours: Social media platforms to EC

Section 126 of the Representation of People Act prohibits advertising and campaigning on TV and other electronic media during the silent period, which is 48 hours before the end of polling

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Social media intermediaries and the internet and mobile association Tuesday told the that they would come up with a draft 'code of ethics' for the industry in the next 24 hours as part of a mechanism to prevent abuse of during the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11.

Representatives of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and such as Facebook, and TikTok, were called by the poll panel to discuss the issue of evolving mechanism to prevent abuse on The also wanted to ensure that elections are insulated from outside influence.

A statement issued by the said the meeting also discussed evolving a 'notification' mechanism by social media platforms for acting upon the violations of Section 126 of R.P. Act, 1951 and preventing misuse of these platforms.

Section 126 of the Representation of People Act prohibits advertising and campaigning on TV and other electronic media during the silent period, which is 48 hours before the end of polling.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora referred to the model code of conduct and urged social media representatives to come up with a code similar to it. He said the code would be used for the ongoing election process in the "immediate context" and would be a lasting document in the long run.

The issues of appointment of dedicated grievance channel for expeditious action by the organisations, pre-certification and transparency in expenditure of political advertisements were also taken up, the statement said.

Sources later said the Commission insisted that no intermediary should allow political advertisements without the prior approval of certification committees set up in districts.

It was of the view that IMAI should coordinate with intermediaries to periodically monitor cases of violation.

First Published: Tue, March 19 2019. 22:15 IST
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