Monday, May 2, 2011

Elections act limits online comments, social media

An elections law enacted when telecommunications were still in their infancy runs up against the digital age on Monday. Strict rules under the Canada Elections Act prevent any instance of "premature transmission of results" until the last polls have closed in every electoral district in the country. That means extra precautions for online publishers and consumers. Elections Canada has issued a warning to Facebook and Twitter users to use caution on election day when communicating and posting voting results, saying the act also applies to transmissions made over the internet.

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