2020 polls: NMC releases app to monitor fake news

With barely five days to the general elections, the National Media Commission (NMC), has released an application as part of measures to contain hate speech and disinformation.

The app, dubbed Election Watch, was released today, December 2, 2020.

It is currently available in the Android version on the Play store.

A statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the commission, George Sarpong said the app is aimed at helping “with election incidence reporting”.

“Additionally, the Commission has begun a process to expedite consideration of concerns relating to hate speech, disinformation, and incitement from aggrieved persons,” the statement added.

Per the communique, “matters brought before the Commission will therefore be dealt with under the broad constitutional mandate of the Commission to ensure high journalistic standards and not necessarily under the formal Complaints Settlement process.”

“The idea is to deal with matters within (48) forty-eight hours upon submission to the Commission,” the statement concluded.

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