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TikTok found to fuel disinformation, political tension in Kenya ahead of elections

TikTok content moderators' unfamiliarity with the political context in Kenya is among the reasons why some of the inflammatory posts were not taken down.

  • Posted on 08th Jun, 2022 03:45 AM
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TikTok is fueling disinformation and political tension in Kenya ahead of its August general elections, new research by Mozilla Foundation says.

Mozilla made the conclusion after reviewing 130 highly-watched videos sharing content filled with hate speech, incitement and political disinformation.This was in contradiction of TikTok’s policy against hate speech, and sharing of discriminatory, inciteful, and synthetic content.

While the short videos, shared by 33 accounts, were in breach of TikTok’s guidelines and policies, Mozilla Tech and Society Fellow Odanga Madung said the videos were not purged from the short video platform, which is among the most popular social sites in the East African country.

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