KICTANet and Meta will host an interactive roundtable for civil society to highlight emerging concerns on digital rights activism in Kenya. These include various issues such as content moderation and efforts to prevent the spread of misinformation and hate speech.
Kenya has a general election coming up in 2022 where it is clear that social media networks will continue to be used by politicians for mobilisation. Social media platforms have gained traction and there is a trend where politicians share their manifestos and misinformation. Some politicians even have ‘broadcast stations’ on social media where they update their followers/supporters on their daily activities or have ‘live’ events. Popular spaces include Twitter spaces, Facebook Live, Youtube and Whatsapp. Some of their events have huge live audiences following these events. With data protection being relatively new in the Kenyan ICT ecosystem, there is little understanding among citizens and politicians on their data rights and responsibilities.
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