In Summary
  • Speaking during a stakeholders’ breakfast meeting on election preparedness at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Mr Wangusi warned that the authority will not allow warmongers to take charge of cyberspace.
  • Mr Wangusi said CA monitors have started watching chatter on telecommunication gadgets, news media outlets and social media platforms to ensure that perpetrators of hate speech are dealt with as per the law.

Administrators of WhatsApp groups in the country will be held responsible if the forums are used to spread falsehoods and hate speech, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director-General Francis Wangusi has warned.

The moderators, he said, have the responsibility of ensuing that members do not spread rumours and hate speech or misinform others.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ breakfast meeting on election preparedness at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Mr Wangusi warned that the authority will not allow warmongers to take charge of cyberspace.

“Currently, we have identified 21 county WhatsApp platforms and we have indicated to their administrators that they have to take action before we deal with them,” he said.

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Mr Wangusi said CA monitors have started watching chatter on telecommunication gadgets, news media outlets and social media platforms to ensure that perpetrators of hate speech are dealt with as per the law.

It is, however, not clear how the CA will obtain information from WhatsApp groups, whose data is encrypted.

He warned media houses that have been allowed to set up their own vote tallying centres against publishing their results as final.

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