Elections: Social Media

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Independent, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to implement the recommendations of the Electoral Commission's 2018 report, entitled Digital campaigning: increasing transparency for voters, on the transparency of (a) political online advertising, (b) costs from political parties and (c) sources of campaign funding.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

Our current election process is robust and the Government is committed to increasing transparency in digital campaigning to maintain a fair and proportionate democratic process. The Cabinet Office has announced a range of measures to better safeguard UK elections against any potential intimidation, malign influence, interference and disinformation.

This included commitments to launch a consultation on electoral integrity and implement a digital imprints regime for online election material.

The consultation may consider recommendations for further increasing transparency on digital political advertising; closing potential loopholes on foreign spending in elections; and preventing shell companies from sidestepping the current rules on political finance.

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