'Indelible' ink actually 'delible' say voters on social media
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‘Indelible’ ink actually ‘delible’ say voters on social media

Several voters took to social media to show that the 'indelible' ink used in elections is easily removable which is a sign of a problem. Voters were easily able to remove the ink using a simple alcohol solution or in some cases strong soap. This… Read More

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Twitter faces trouble after deleting tweets without notice

After Twitter deletes tweets without warnings or permissions, Piyush Kulshreshtha has made a complaint and sent a legal notice to Twitter alleging that the social media site is trying to manipulate the election process. The tweets were political in nature but they complied with the norms… Read More

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'Mool Mantar' dance clip deleted from President's social media account
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‘Mool Mantar’ dance clip deleted from President’s social media account

The 'Mool Mantar' which is a sacred verse for the Sikhs was playing in the background of a dance performance clip posted on the President's social media handle. It was taken down following criticism from the Sikh community who stated that the verse was not… Read More

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  • 4 Apr 2019
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Social Media fake news filter to involve nodal officers
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Social Media fake news filter to involve nodal officers

The state level bodies of the Election Commission of India are required to appoint nodal officers to supervise the content on social media and filter fake news. Violations would be reviewed by the nodal officers who would escalate the issue if necessary by alerting the… Read More

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  • 3 Apr 2019
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Congress denies pages being taken down by Facebook
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Congress denies pages being taken down by Facebook

Facebook had claimed to have taken down 687 pages as they were found to be related to an IT Cell of the Congress party. The Congress tweeted on it's official account refuting the claim and saying that none of its officially verified pages were taken… Read More

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Political Parties Use Data Analytics to target voters
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Political Parties Use Data Analytics to target voters

Political parties on social media are using data analytics to target specific information to particular groups. The vote appeal content is different for various voter groups. Online surveys are being conducted to determine the voting behaviour of individuals which helps political parties in customizing their… Read More

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False Info about Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman makes rounds on social media
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False Info about Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman makes rounds on social media

A Facebook post spread the rumour about Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman being taken out of service by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the same day that his father joined the Congress party. The information was verified to be false as Abhinandan is on a… Read More

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Government to check social media to reduce tax evaders
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Government to check social media to reduce tax evaders

The Income Tax Department has inaugurated an initiative  named Project Insight which scans social media sites to estimate the spending patterns of the population. The attempt is to correlate the pictures and videos on social media with the bank balance of the individuals and necessary… Read More

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  • 1 Apr 2019
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India's First Voter seeks action against BJP worker for using his name in campaign
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India’s First Voter seeks action against BJP worker for using his name in campaign

Shyam Saran Negi, India's first voter who is currently 102 years old from Himachal Pradesh has appealed to the Election Commission seeking action against  a BJP leader for using his name on a social media campaign. BJP leader Pushparaj used Negi's name and added 'Chowkidar'… Read More

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  • 30 Mar 2019
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Limericks and Poll Graffiti shine in the age of social media
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Limericks and Poll Graffiti shine in the age of social media

The wide reach and increasing popularity of social media has made it one of the most used platforms for campaigning and vote appeal. Even in the digital age, poll graffiti and limericks are making an impact on people's decisions across the state of West Bengal.… Read More

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  • 30 Mar 2019
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Congress writes to ECI accusing BJP of malpractice on social media
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Congress writes to ECI accusing BJP of malpractice on social media

The Chairperson of the Congress Social Media and Digital Communications, Divya Spandana has written to the Election Commission of India stating that the Bharatiya Janata Party is indulging in malpractice by trying to incite and attract voters by offering bribe via social media. She has… Read More

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  • 29 Mar 2019
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Election Commission requests Twitter to take down fake post
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Election Commission requests Twitter to take down fake post

The Election Commission requested Twitter to delete a post carrying fake information about the indelible ink used during the elections. The post contained information about the ingredients used in the making of the ink which were found to be false and misleading. Twitter complied and… Read More

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  • 29 Mar 2019
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‘ Connect to Commissioner ’ Social Media feature launched
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‘ Connect to Commissioner ’ Social Media feature launched

The District Police Chief of Kochi City, S.Surendran launches  ‘  Connect to Commissioner  ’ social media feature in order to establish a communication link between the public and the police force. A round the clock number is available for citizens to lodge complaints. Citizens can… Read More

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Experts express concern over paid news on Social Media
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Experts express concern over paid news on Social Media

A Panel discussion in New Delhi on Thursday addressed the issue of paid news being published on social media. Paid news can be biased and misleading which is a cause for concern especially given that many young voters rely on social media information to make… Read More

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  • 29 Mar 2019
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Misuse of social media for political gains to be curbed by a panel
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Misuse of social media for political gains to be curbed by a panel

A panel discussion on Thursday came to a conclusion that the code of ethics that has been in place to regulate the content on social media for the upcoming elections needs improvement and lacks transparency. The Media Certification and Monitoring Committee has set up a panel… Read More

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