Kenya targets WhatsApp administrators in fight against hate speech

Mercy Muendo, Mount Kenya University The Kenyan government is waging a war against online hate mongers with what would appear to be a zero-tolerance policy. In an unprecedented move two chat group administrators have been arrested. They were charged with sharing hate messages on WhatsApp that threatened national security and face an additional charge of …

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Social media and fake news batter Kenya’s traditional media

George Ogola, University of Central Lancashire The recent Kenyan elections firmly demonstrated the incursion and perhaps even gradual institutionalisation of fake news as an actor in modern politics, particularly during elections. Although the term fake news is now so liberally used to the extent it eludes precise definition, many agree it’s the deliberate dissemination of …

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An African humanist philosophy response to Donald Trump

Leyla Tavernaro-Haidarian, University of Johannesburg US President Donald Trump is easily the most controversial person on Twitter. He thrives on the medium and has been exploiting it effectively. The tone of many of Trump’s tweets plus Twitter’s nature as a medium where anyone can talk back to everyone now begs the question: How does one …

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Facebook use and risky sex in Swaziland

Bhekumusa Lukhele, Kyoto University Young Swazi adults who spend a significant amount of time on Facebook and have previously had sex with someone they met on the popular social networking site are likely to have several partners, according to a study we conducted in Swaziland. The backdrop to the survey was that Swaziland has identified …

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Tanzania’s social media policing stirs risk of abuse

Charlotte Cross, The Open University Access to digital information and communications technologies has increased dramatically over the past decade across Africa. In Tanzania, 87% of urban residents report using a mobile phone every day. In addition, 34% of the population access the internet. The vast majority use their mobile phones to do so. Prepaid bundles …

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