Hate speech: EC asked social media platforms to remove content in 130 cases, says government
The government told Parliament on Thursday that the Election Commission has asked social media platforms to remove content related to 130 cases of hate speech since the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju said that no such case was registered during Jharkhand (2019) and Bihar (2020) state elections, while 58 cases were registered during Lok Sabha Were. Assembly election.
Thirty-four cases were registered during the Delhi Assembly elections held in 2020, while 29 cases were registered during the 2021 elections in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Only one case was reported in 2019 during Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections, while eight cases were registered this year in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
The minister also said that the Election Commission has not received any complaints from political parties regarding data leaks during elections in the last five years.
The government said the Election Commission and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) mutually agreed on a ‘voluntary code of conduct’ for the 2019 general elections.
“The code has been developed to ensure free, fair and ethical use of social media platforms and to maintain the integrity of the electoral process. The mediator forums are also committed to do their part for voter education and awareness. ECI, pursuant to the ‘Voluntary Code of Conduct’, is directing several social media platforms to remove objectionable content (links, videos, posts, tweets) as per various provisions of the Code of Ethics, Representation of the People Act. Indian Penal Code and other electoral laws during elections,” the government said.