The internet companies said on Wednesday No political campaign will be allowed on major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp 48 hours before voting . This is the first time internet-based firms have voluntarily adopted the norms for online campaign
“The code of ethics has been developed as a follow up to in the meeting with the IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) and representatives of social media platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google, ShareChat and TikTok etc,” the Election Commission said in a statement.
Pledging to follow a “voluntary code of ethics”, the platforms informed the poll body of their decision ahead of India’s general elections now just three weeks away.
“The platforms have committed to process any violations reported under Section 126 of the RP (Representation of the People) Act, 1951, within three hours as per the Sinha Committee’s recommendations,” the poll body added.