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Facebook to remain EC’s social media partner during Karnataka polls: CEC

The CEC said social media is a reality and EC will take all precautions at its commend, to prevent episodes which adversely affect Indian elections.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2018 18:12 IST
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sunil Arora at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sunil Arora at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)

Observing that utilisation of social media cannot be stopped due to instances of “aberrations“, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said on Tuesday that Facebook would remain the poll panel’s social media partner during the Karnataka assembly elections.

He also said the social media cell of EC would go into the issue of apps of politicians and political parties sharing user data without users’ consent.

He said the cell will make its recommendations on the issue to the commission which would then take a call.

“Any aberration won’t stop the use of modern technology... banks frauds have taken place, but we don’t stop banking,” Rawat told a press conference while announcing the Karnataka assembly poll schedule.

He was asked if Facebook would continue to be EC’s social media partner in the wake of reports that its user data had been harvested by a company without users’ consent. “It is. We have a Facebook page,” Rawat said.

The CEC said social media is a reality and EC will take all precautions at its commend, to prevent episodes which adversely affect Indian elections.

The poll panel had last week said it would coordinate with enforcement agencies for suggestions to prevent “unlawful” activities such as attempts to influence elections.

He had made the remarks following revelations about data harvesting by British poll consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica through Facebook.

The Facebook data scandal erupted after a whistleblower revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to Trump’s 2016 campaign, accessed personal data from 50 million users of the website without their knowledge, and might have kept that data even after the social media giant told the company to delete it.

The EC uses Facebook to encourage young people to enrol as voters.