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Kenya is soon to ban TikTok

TikTok Ban
TikTok Ban

Bob Ndolo, the CEO of Bridget Connect Consultancy, has petitioned Moses Wetang’ula, the speaker of the National Assembly, to forbid the use of TikTok in Kenya. The petitioner has expressed concern that the social media platform’s content is not appropriate and encourages hate speech, violence, profanity, and obvious sexual content, threatening Kenya’s cultural and religious values. Additionally, the petitioner claimed that TikTok had shared user information with outside parties without users’ permission.

The speaker cautioned Kenya that TikTok could have a negative effect on students’ academic performance and psychological well-being, resulting in depression and anxiety, if it is not outlawed.

The Majority Leader, Kimani Ichung’wah, argued that using TikTok is acceptable and that many lawmakers already do so. According to him, Ndolo ought to have asked the House to look into how to regulate social media app use and how the ICT department may control the content because “outright banning would be killing careers.”

The Minority Leader, Opiyo Wandayi, concurred, claiming that given Kenya’s high level of unemployment and the challenging times the nation is going through, the country cannot survive independently in the modern era.

On August 2, 2023, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., the Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Digital Economy intends to review social media laws and express concern regarding TikTok users broadcasting pornographic content.

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