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Chile nixes Facebook, Twitter campaign bans after outcry

With candidates gearing up for local elections, the Chilean Electoral Service issued a manual on the new electoral law.

Published: 04th August 2016 06:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2016 04:09 PM   |  A+A-

By AFP

SANTIAGO: Chile backpedaled Wednesday on a decision to ban election campaigning on social media after the ruling united politicians from both left and right in outcry.

With candidates gearing up for local elections on October 23, the Chilean Electoral Service (Servel) issued a manual on the country's new electoral law that included blanket bans on campaigning via Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or newspaper websites.

But politicians of all stripes united in outcry.

"Servel has overstepped its limits. Its interpretation of the law is absurd. It's a serious mistake. The legislation we approved did not in any way limit campaigning via the internet," said lawmaker Leonardo Soto of the ruling Socialist Party.

"There's been a misinterpretation," said Cristian Monckeberg, a lawmaker for right-wing party National Renewal.

Hours later, the electoral authorities changed their minds. Upon further reflection, posting on social networks is private speech, not "electoral propaganda," they said.

Social networks have revolutionized election campaigning around the world by giving politicians direct, instantaneous and free access to the masses.

Chile's new electoral law, passed last year, replaced ones dating back to the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1998).



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