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Somaliland: NEC declared Social media will be shutting down on the voting day 13th Nov

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Horndiplomat-On the 10th of November, in a press conference by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) was declared the closure of Social Media starting from the voting day till the official result of the election is out.

The news of the Social Media shutdown was circulating the last few days as a rumor, but NEC confirmed the news officially when the Election Day is due to only 3 days.

This temporary shutdown of the Social Media is coming after an election campaign that saw the most engagement in Social Media from the people of Somaliland. Facebook, in particular, was a serious platform of campaigning, political engagement, and discussions.

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The spread of Fake News, its implications and discussions were a matter of concern lately as it’s impossible to control the content being shared online and most of the times on Social Media. Several conferences have been held on the topic over the past several months in Somaliland. NEC said that Fake News is one of the biggest underlying issues that caused this decision.

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