November 25, 2022

Comelec: 393 YouTube channels of political candidates verified

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of the YouTube logo in this illustration taken March 28, 2018. (Reuters file photo)

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 393 YouTube channels of political candidates for the May 9 national and local elections have already been verified, the Election Commission (Comelec) announced Thursday.

According to Comelec, all official candidates, groups of parties and political parties “who have submitted their YouTube channel” to the polling body now have a verified badge.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 10730, as amended by Resolution No. 10748, websites and other social media platforms used for the endorsement or candidacy of all registered political parties and candidates must be registered with of the agency.

“We have worked with YouTube to verify these channels, regardless of subscriber count, and will continue to work in close coordination as we strive to deliver information that will be useful to voters through these trusted channels,” said Comelec spokesman James. Jimenez said in a statement.

He said verifying accounts “is a step towards ensuring that reliable and credible sources of information are available to the public – a critical part of combating misinformation.”

“And this is happening because COMELEC has pursued its policy with determination, despite instinctive opposition,” he added.


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