Almost two thirds of tech experts believe that the mainstream media should rebut misinformation on polling day, despite the media coverage ban, says a new poll conducted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. 

Sixty-two per cent of IT professionals polled believe that the current ban on media coverage of the general election on polling day should include an exception to allow mainstream media to rebut fraudulent misinformation.

In the same poll of 1,200 technologists, 65 per cent of respondents expressed concern that deepfakes will have an influence on the result of the upcoming UK General Election.

The current regulations, set by Ofcom, state that discussion and analysis of election issues must finish when the polling stations open, and not resume until they close. This also includes that whilst people are voting, broadcasters must not publish the results of any opinion polls.

Adam Leon Smith, BCS Fellow and International AI standards expert said: “As we approach the General Election, it is essential that broadcasters are more active in the fight against misinformation and disinformation, especially when it comes to those misleading the electorate.

“By enabling reputable media outlets to fact-check and correct misleading content in real time, they can provide the public with accurate information, thereby fostering a more informed electorate and upholding democratic values.”

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