Election Commission launches ‘Myth vs Reality Register’ to combat misinformation | India News

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday launched a ‘Myth vs Reality Register’ to bust myths and misinformation around various aspects of the electoral process such as electronic voting machines and paper audit trail, electoral rolls, voter services, conduct of elections and fake information often peddled on social media to disturb the level playing field during elections.
The ‘myth vs reality register’ — which will be accessible to the public through the Election Commission’s website — will serve as a comprehensive repository of factual information to dispel myths and falsehoods circulating during the election period, thereby empowering voters to make informed decisions. An EC spokesperson said the register has been designed in a user-friendly format and provides already busted election-related fake information and probable myths circulating around on social media platforms, frequently asked questions (FAQs) on important topics and reference material under different sections for all stakeholders.
The factual matrix of the register will be continuously updated to include the latest busted fakes and fresh FAQs. The introduction of the ‘Myth vs Reality Register’ marks a significant milestone in the ECI’s ongoing efforts to safeguard the electoral process from misinformation.
Chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar — who launched the register on Tuesday along with election commissioners Gyanesh Kunar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu — had during the press conference to announce the general election schedule had identified misinformation as one of the key challenges along with money, musclepower and model code violations, to electoral integrity. “With the proliferation of misinformation and false narratives becoming a growing concern in many democracies of the world, this innovative and proactive initiative by ECI is an effort to ensure that voters have access to accurate and verified information throughout the electoral process,“ said an EC spokesperson.
“All stakeholders are encouraged to verify and corroborate any dubious information received by them through any channel with the information provided in the Myth vs. Reality register. The platform can be used to verify information, prevent the spread of misinformation, debunk myths, and stay informed about key issues during the General Elections 2024. Users can also share the information on different social media platforms from the register,” EC stated in a release on Tuesday.

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