In Summary
  • The government wants to monitor all WhatsApp groups in the country.
  • But social media is a monster of its own making.
  • What if the government and MPs directed their energies to more pressing issues like people dying, incoming famines and Huduma numbers?

I think someone needs to look into the boredom levels of our MPs.

Something is clearly going on there, and I say this because of the recent dearth of bills they seem to be putting forward.

Dearth might be the wrong word – maybe the right word is, the lack of any sort of coherent thought process involved in what they are suggesting into law. The proposals before us are not only unimaginative and unnecessary in this clime, but also just…well, boring.

There was the appalling one from last week, about WhatsApp groups. Apparently the government wants to monitor all such groups in Kenya.

I won’t beat the dead horse again about how there are so many other things that our parliamentarians need to, and should, be focusing on – people dying, incoming famines, useless Huduma numbers, the whole lot. What I will focus on is the sheer impracticality of trying to monitor social media.

Social media is a monster of its own making, with or without the encrypting that WhatsApp offers. Because it is such a diverse offering, in that you have so many platforms – Facebook, Tinder, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, among so very many others – unless you’re the creator of such a platform, you really can’t regulate what goes on therein. And unless there is some international Cambridge Analytica-scale data breach going on that I don’t know about, I don’t know how the government will be able to regulate Kenya’s social media. And if there is a data breach – well, someone is getting sued.

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