Oct 17, 2019

PAFFREL teams monitor social media for polls violations

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) has set up two teams tasked with monitoring online content on social media to curb the spread of hate speech, fake news and racism during the Presidential Election period.
The teams will report to the Election Commission and social media networking sites for further action in the days leading up to the Presidential Election on November 16.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Centre for Society and Religion yesterday, PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said it was the first time that PAFFREL had instituted such action.

He said election monitors were compelled to monitor social media over fears that those with vested interests would use the period before the polls to propagate hate speech, racism and fake news with .

“The teams will begin reporting on content that is posted and shared online as much as possible. There will be information shared with the intention of creating chaos and confusion and this team will report it to the Election Commission for necessary action,” he said. “They will be directed to Sri Lanka’s Facebook representatives to follow up as well.”