Comelec verifies 393 YouTube channels of candidates for 2022 polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has verified 393 YouTube channels of candidates for 2022 national and local elections.

"Verification of accounts is a step towards ensuring the availability of trusted and credible sources of information for the public – a vital part of the fight against disinformation," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

"And that is happening because the COMELEC steadfastly pursued its policies, despite knee-jerk opposition," he added.

The move is in line with Resolution No. 10730, as amended by Resolution No. 10748, which states that websites and other social media platforms used for the endorsement or candidacy of all registered political parties/coalitions and bona fide candidates must be registered with the Comelec.

Jimenez noted that all official candidates, party-list groups, and political parties who submitted their YouTube channel to the commission now have a verified badge.

"We have worked with YouTube to verify these channels, regardless of the number of subscribers, and we will continue to work in close coordination as we strive to push out information that will be helpful to the voters through these reliable channels," he added.

This development was just in time after the Comelec launched its e-Rally streaming on. Feb 8, which gives candidates a venue to present their platforms to the public safely amid the health crisis.

It is being streamed every night through the Campaign S • A • F • E • COMELEC e-Rally Channel on Facebook and the commission’s official YouTube channel.