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Social media is a part of elections now—so why are parties so bad at checking their candidates’ posts?

Among all the complexity of who survives and who doesn't, one thing is clear: the parties need a better process for examining, and approving, candidates

By Chaminda Jayanetti  

Every minute there are 293,000 Facebook status updates. Photo: Jaap Arriens/Nurphoto via Getty Images

If 2017 was the year of the Facebook election, 2019 has been the year of Facebook cancellation. The opening stages of this election campaign have been marked by a string of controversies over past social media comments—and occasionally published articles—by major party candidates.

Not that everyone embarrassed has withdrawn. There has been no clear rhyme or reason to who has seemingly been forced to pull out as an election candidate and who has…

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