In Summary

  • The Communications Authority (CA) Friday published guidelines to prevent the spread of “undesirable political messages” via mobile phones and social media.
  • Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter already have their own guidelines for weeding harmful and hateful content.
  • The CA amended the rules from the draft first proposed in June getting rid of clauses that would have required Kenyans to be “polite” and “civilised” on social media.

Social media sites will be required to pull down accounts propagating hate speech within a day of being notified by the government, according to newly published guidelines.

The Communications Authority (CA) Friday published guidelines to prevent the spread of “undesirable political messages” via mobile phones and social media.

Kenyans using social media to disseminate political content have been warned against using language that amounts to hate speech, ethnic contempt, incitement to violence, harassment, or defamation.

Administrators of social media platforms are required to moderate conversations and steer them from dangerous waters. 

However, if messages fit into the State’s definition of “undesirable” content, sites will be required to take action.

Pull down accounts

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