NEW DELHI: Over 80% of the posts taken down by Facebook, Twitter, Google and WhatsApp on the request of the Election Commission (EC) in the middle of election campaigning were political or advertisements violating the 48-hour ‘silence period’ prior to polling. According to data, 537 political posts and advertisements were removed by the four companies during the ‘silence period’ of the first three phases. While Facebook took down 468 political posts and 60 political advertisements — under Section 126(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 — Twitter removed or blocked eight such posts and Google two videos. In comparison, just 37 posts flagged by the EC in states for being in violation of the model code of conduct were taken down. While Facebook pulled two posts until end of the third phase of polling on Tuesday, Twitter removed 34 posts and WhatsApp one. Among other posts flagged by the EC or state nodal officers, Facebook removed 10 posts intended at voter misinformation, 28 relating to public morality and decency and six relating to hate speech. Twitter removed five posts on voter misinformation and two on hate speech. Google/YouTube took down one post relating to hate speech or aimed at influencing voters. WhatsApp took down two such posts. The figures of posts taken down by the social media platforms are from March 10 when the elections were announced. Making sense of 2019 #ElectionswithtimesView Full Coverage