‘Fable vs Actuality’ mission to be launched to counter pretend information, misinformation throughout Lok Sabha polls: ECI chief | India Information – 7 minute timer

‘Fable vs Actuality’ mission to be launched to counter pretend information, misinformation throughout Lok Sabha polls: ECI chief | India Information

NEW DELHI: The Election Fee plans to counter misinformation and faux narratives on social media utilizing a two-pronged technique throughout the Lok Sabha polls, mentioned Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar stating that the ballot physique will “join the issue” to offer the proper image to voters.Addressing a press briefing to announce the Lok Sabha elections schedule on Saturday, ECI chief Kumar mentioned, a “Myth vs Reality” mission is ready to be launched to handle pretend information circulating on-line. “Misinformation troubles us a lot during elections. We are conscious of two facts — that social media helps us in our outreach programmes and there is freedom to criticise anybody in a democracy. But one cannot be allowed to create fake news, which is not based on facts because it can disturb public order,” he mentioned.Kumar mentioned that state authorities have the facility to request elimination of false social media posts below sections 69 and 79(3) of the IT Act. “Authorised officials have been appointed in all states or are being appointed. In each district, we have done thorough training to deal with this kind of menace. Our entire machinery will now react to whatever is coming by (using) facts. We will join the issue instead of being in the background,” the CEC mentioned. “If someone is trying to set a fake narrative that is disturbing the level-playing field or disrupting the law and order, we will also join them. We will soon launch a ‘Myth vs Reality’ project to clear the air around fake news spreading on social media,” he added. Polling for 543 Lok Sabha seats might be held in seven phases, beginning with 102 within the first section on April 19. Votes might be counted on June 4.”Tackling misinformation in today’s digital age is complex. We have put certain measures in place to ensure misinformation is nipped in the bud. We will be proactive in debunking fake news. Originators of fake news will be dealt with severely as per extant laws,” Kumar mentioned. “Remember, ‘Verify Before You Amplify’ is the mantra to combat fake news. Let us rely on authoritative sources to ensure accurate information prevails. Stay vigilant and help us maintain the integrity of the electoral process,” he added.(With inputs from companies)

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