Social Networking Current Affairs - 2020

President Pranab Mukherjee: India’s first incumbent President to join Twitter

President Pranab Mukherjee joined the social networking platform Twitter with his account @RashtrapatiBhvn. He has become the first serving president of India to join Twitter.

India’s former president Abdul Kalam is already on Twitter with the handle @apj_abdul_kalam. President Mukherjee already has a Facebook page with over 5 lakh followers on the world’s largest social network.

EC: Messages on blogs, social media not to be treated as political advertisements

The Election Commission (EC) held that any political message in the form of comments, pics, videos or messages on blogs, social media would not be treated as a political advertisement. Thus, these don’t need any pre-certification and are not subject to any rules or guidelines released by the Election Commission. Even any such message in accounts of political parties or candidates also would not be treated as a political advertisement.

Earlier, EC had brought in social media under its radar for the very first time ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in order to supervise spending by political parties. Consequently, the EC was maintaining a close watch on Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube, etc. and expenditure on these platforms by political parties.

At the state and district levels, the Election Commission has established State and District level Media Certification and Monitoring Committees respectively to keep a watch on the spendings by political parties and control cases of paid news in the print and electronic media.