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Kenyan gov't says it won't censor social networks

Michael Malakata | March 22, 2013
While other African countries are developing laws to censor what citizens do on social media networks, Kenya said it will allow its citizens to freely use social media, despite continuous hate speech and incitement being experienced on the sites.

More than 1,200 people died in Kenya in 2007 following the disputed elections that forced a unity government.

The rise in the online posting of hate messages comes just two weeks after the country successfully held peaceful elections that were won by Uhuru Kenyatta, currently facing crimes-against-humanity charges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

In January this year, Nigeria, Africa's largest telecom market by investment and subscription, became the first country in Africa to refuse to censor online activities by Nigerians or to shut down social media networks, despite those networks being used in criminal activities such as abductions and killings in the oil-rich African country.

 

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