The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED) is for the first time carrying out social media monitoring during the 2018 presidential election. Increasing role of social media and its impact within the context of elections was clearly illustrated by recent electoral processes in different countries across the globe. ISFED detected the same trend in Georgia and following the 2017 local self-government elections, made determined efforts to conduct methodological monitoring of social media. To monitor social media, a special methodology was designed and special software was developed. With respect to social media monitoring in election context, ISFED is one of the pioneers among observer organizations not only in Georgia but also throughout the world. Implementation of the social media monitoring pilot program for the 2018 presidential election was made possible with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia.
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