An expert committee set up by the Election Commission last year has recommended that ‘Hashtag’ trends on Twitter be treated as political ads during the election process. The committee, in its interim report submitted to the pol panel in January, also called for the creation of a separate social media monitoring cell in the district election officer’s (DEO) office so that political ads on social media can be tracked during the elections, Times of India reported. In February, India had rebuked Twitter for not complying with its orders to take down certain content and warned the social media giant that it needs to obey local laws.
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