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Changing the name to ‘FactcheckUK’, is like me putting a sign on my house that says ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth II’… Any idiot can see that it actually isn’t. That should foil my honest attempt to mislead the neighbours. I don’t understand why these people are considered comical, they’re dangerous (the Tories I mean, not the neighbours (except maybe Boris at number 10)).


Don’t forget that a lot of people will have been watching the hashtag rather than their own feed to keep up with the debate, so they may just see the logo, display name and a blue tick from that view.

If they don’t follow the Tories account, even if they do see the username in grey, small writing – they may not know what CCHQ is.


Cleverly’s comment that “the party’s handle stayed the same, so “it’s clear the nature of the site” is more smokescreen from the Tories. The fact that “CCHQ” was in tiny script compared to the “FactcheckUK” was blatantly design to mislead, as most people would not read such small print in the banner headline. Furthermore, I am suspicious at their choice of “CCHQ” – it is far too similar (especially in small print) to “GCHQ”, which we generally trust to be apolitical and independent. As Chairman, for him to dismiss the claim that it was misleading as invalid makes such tactics official policy of the Tory party, so anything else they say has to be viewed with scepticism.


In print, there has to be an “imprint” on all political communications put out on behalf of a candidate and although it is usually small text, it is a legal electoral requirement. Any publishing media has to ensure that any other communications treat all parties/candidates equally and fairly UNLESS there is the imprint showing that it has effectively been paid for, and therefore counts in the candidates limited electoral expenses. If Twitter and Facebook don’t quickly get this under control, somewhere further down the line they are going to come in for some form of regulation. I had a radio interview cancelled in April when they realised I was a local election candidate. The interview was nothing to do with politics (being the first Brit to complete a sporting challenge). Seems like one rule for some people, and a different rule for others.


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