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Election Commission reports 130 cases of hate speech from social media after 2019 Lok Sabha elections

In the Rajya Sabha, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiran Rijiju said that during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 58 cases of hate speech were reported. 34 cases were registered during the 2020 Delhi assembly elections and 29 cases in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry during the 2021 elections.

Kiran Rijiju. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: After the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission has reported 130 cases of hate speech from social media platforms, the government told Parliament on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiran Rijiju said that no such case was registered during the Jharkhand (2019) and Bihar (2020) state elections, while 58 cases were registered during the Lok Sabha elections.

According to this, 34 cases were registered during the 2020 Delhi assembly elections and 29 cases were registered in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry during the 2021 elections.

Only one case was registered during the 2019 assembly elections in Maharashtra and HACHIana, while eight cases were registered in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh this year.

The Minister also said that the Election Commission has not received any complaints from political parties about information leakage during elections in the last 5 years.

(Source: Rajya Sabha)

The government said the Election Commission and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) have mutually agreed on a ‘voluntACHI 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 government said. Intermediate platforms are also committed to doing their part for voter education and awareness.

According to the government, “According to the Election Commission’s voluntACHI code of conduct, objectionable content (links, videos, post, tweet) has been found on various social media platforms.

Genres: Politics, Special

Tagged as: Assembly Elections, Election Commission, Hate Speech, Hate Speech in Elections, Internet and Mobile Association of India, Kiran Rijiju, Lok Sabha Elections, Modi Government, News, Politics, The Wire

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