Kenya MP in bid to ban ‘offensive’ social media content

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A Kenyan MP has called for the regulation of social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook to stop the spread of offensive content.

Malulu Injendi, the MP for Malava in western Kenya, has sponsored a bill which will require administrators to obtain licences from the communications regulator before they create social media groups.

The bill proposes that anyone who fails to obtain a licence should be put on trial if convicted they should be sentenced to a maximum of one year in prison or be fined a maximum of $2,000 £1,600.

A study published in July showed that Facebook and WhatsApp are the most popular social media platforms in Kenya, and most users are in the 2535 age group.

 

Dominica Nwabufo