Can’t stop social media posts 48 hrs before polls, EC tells Bombay HC
| Saturday | 12th January, 2019
Even advertisements and paid political content through electronic media are prohibited and social media posts are covered under these restrictions, he added.
He said Section 126 of Representation of People’s Act, 1951, prohibits public meetings, processions and campaigns 48 hours before polls.
Adjourning the hearing, the judges told both sides to suggest ways to regulate paid political content on social media before elections.
India must have a similar policy, he added.
He wondered how ECI can stop a person “who makes a blog post or Twitter post in his or her individual capacity in praise of any political party or its policies’’.Suryavanshi’s advocate, Abhinav Chandrachud, said Facebook had advertising policies in UK and US where advertisements and paid content are subject to strict verification.
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