The National Electoral Chamber (CNE) on Friday asked the candidates who will participate in this year’s legislative elections not to have a dirty campaign on social networks, calling “Help mitigate the negative effects of spreading false content.”
“The National Electoral Chamber renewed the Digital Ethical Commitment for these legislative elections, aimed at promoting the honesty of the democratic debate, in order to contribute to mitigating the negative effects of the dissemination of false content and other disinformation tactics on social networks and other environments. digital, “he said in a statement.
In this context, he invited the different stakeholders involved, including the companies Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Google, KWAI and Tik Tok; the Latin American Internet Association (ALAI); the Association of Journalistic Entities (ADEPA) “.
They also extended the invitation to the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA); the Association of Digital Journalism (APD), the Association of Journalists of the Argentine Republic (APERA) and the Public Defender of Audiovisual Communication Services, to the national and district political parties, the Alliances and Heads of parliamentary blocs.
In addition, the CNE clarified that “the possibility to join remains open for all those included in the subject “, and pointed out that” among the considerations that give foundation to the commitment, it is pointed out that in recent years the concern about the way social media and other digital environmentss can be used with the intention of manipulating information during the elections. “
In this context, the “the need for citizens to be able to decide their vote on the basis of an authentic public debate, so that the right to vote is not undermined by confusion or undue influence on the will of the voters. “
The Chamber indicated that technology companies recognize “the complexity and tension that may exist during the electoral process with the dissemination or proliferation of inaccurate information or false news “.
In this sense, the CNE specified that the companies agreed, within the framework of its possibilities and tools, “collaborate with the competent authorities in this process respecting democratic values and freedom of expression “.
The “Digital Ethical Commitment” is part of the activities promoted by the National Electoral Chamber from its Agreed CNE 66/2018, in which it pointed out the convenience of promoting digital education for the proper management of electoral political information in social networks and other platforms.