Social Media Rules During an Election
There are rules for social media use that apply to media and the public during an election period.
Some social media posts may be considered political advertising if they distribute spam or content that’s been professionally produced. Find out more about the rules for political advertising.
For more information, please contact the media relations team.
Personal social media posts (for example on Facebook or Twitter) are generally not considered political advertising.
Taking a picture of a completed ballot—yours or anyone else’s—is a violation of the Election Act because it violates the secrecy of the vote. It is also a violation of the Act to publish a photo on your social media channels or elsewhere of a completed ballot.
Content from an advocate for a public policy issue is considered political advertising and may require registration as a third party advertiser, if, during the six months prior to a fixed-date general election or during the election period for a by-election or non-fixed date general election, a position on the issue has been taken by:
- One or more registered parties
- Political party leaders
- Registered candidates
Blackout restrictions may apply to paid commercial advertising that appears on social media.