The spread of fake news is increasing day by day in the poll-bound Rajasthan and as the electoral battle of the Royal state reaching its crest. Doctored videos images, photo quotes pertaining to national leaders and candidates are being spread in the state. The Media Certification and Monitoring Committees (MCMCs) formed by Rajasthan Elections department to check the fake news is under pressure to take timely action.
The misinformation being spread in the state includes BJP Chief Amit Shah, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot.
As per the reports, media has also felt the embarrassment due to increment in fake news and voters are Rajasthan are also miffed over the issue. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Anand Kumar told a leading newspaper that “The election office is aware of the damage the fake news can cause in the poll-bound state. We will assure that no such misleading content will be allowed to go viral and damage the spirit of polls”. The job of monitoring committee is to monitor social media platforms including Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. Polls are scheduled for December 7 in Rajasthan and results will be declared on December 11.