On Thursday, Election Commission of India has directed the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer to direct the city police to probe the “fake news” of 2019 Lok Sabha Election schedule being circulated on social media.
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has also been asked to take action against unnamed persons and entities under relevant laws to restrict the spreading of rumors, said the official sources.
The ‘fake news’ related to 2019 Lok Sabha Election schedule has been circulating on social media networks like WhatsApp, and Facebook for the past one week.
On Thursday, the office of CEO has issued a letter to the Delhi Police has asked for investigate the matter and take “immediate necessary action”.
The letter further reads, “It is brought to your kind notice that fake news related to the schedule of general election 2019, has been found in circulation on various social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.”
The Delhi CEO office further said that the publication of such ‘fake news’ is causing confusion to the public and creating “public nuisance and mischief.”
It further said, “Accordingly, I am directed to request you to investigate the matter and take immediate necessary actions against unnamed persons and entities under relevant laws.”
The action taken in this aspect may be informed to undersigned for the perusal of CEO, onwards, and Delhi submission to the Election Commission, wrote in the letter by a senior official, it added.