Chile’s social media electoral campaign ban triggers concerns

A ban on the use of social media for campaign purposes ahead of local elections in Chile in October has been criticized as overly restrictive and prompted a cross-party group of lawmakers to present a motion on Wednesday to have it overturned. According to the guidelines of Servel, the electoral service, “Carrying out electoral propaganda through social networks like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, among others,” would be against the rules. In Chile’s Andean neighbor Bolivia, supporters of President Evo Morales want to regulate social media after it was blamed as a key factor in Morales’ failure to win a February referendum on his continued rule.

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