Some 393 YouTube channels of candidates in the 2022 elections have been verified as of Feb. 10, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Thursday.

Under Comelec Resolution No. 10730, as amended by Resolution No. 10748, 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.

Only verified accounts, websites, blogs, and/or social media pages may run electoral ads and boost or promote electoral posts, according to the Comelec.

“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. And that is happening because the Comelec steadfastly pursued its policies, despite knee-jerk opposition,” James Jimenez, the spokesman of the poll body, said.

Jimenez said the YouTube channels of candidates who had submitted on time had already been verified.

“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,” Jimenez said.

The verification of candidates’ social media pages was made a requirement to combat online disinformation, the Comelec earlier said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro