Government to regulate use of social media
08 June 2016, 22:29
Nairobi - The Government will from next month come up with guidelines to check and ensure responsible use of social media.
The Director Digital Communication in the Office of the President, Dennis Itumbi said they are in talks with the police, Kenya Film Classification Board, Media owners Association and Media council to come up with recommendations on the Kenya Communications Amendment Act where the guidelines will be enshrined.
Speaking during a press briefing in Nakuru, Itumbi said the amendments will guide bloggers and other social media users on responsible use of the platforms.
He said bloggers and other social media users will be expected to get into associations where they can easily self-regulate their content to avoid inciteful and hate messages at the platform.
Itumbi said social media users should exercise patriotism noting that the direction which social media was taking, if not checked in time, might spark violence as the 2017 general elections fast approaches.
The Director said they do not target any particular blogger, whether in Jubilee or the opposition but the aim is to restrain users to use the platforms responsibly.
Itumbi added that they do not intend to clamp social media, but rather come up with self regulation mechanisms among them social media users backed by the law.
“We cannot go to elections with the social media where one posts information that some place is burning or someone has died yet it is false. Those people should be held accountable. We want all social media users to be responsible,” he said
He said the law will be backed by institutions and supported by members of the public for ease in adherence.
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