Kenya’s government is “unlikely” to shut down the internet during next month’s presidential elections but some social media might be shut down as needed, government officials said Monday.
Communication Authority of Kenya chief Francis Wangusi said they are not thinking of shutting down the internet but warned that it should not be used to release alternative election results.
However, the chairman of the National Cohesive and Integration Commission, Francis Ole Kaparo, said that “if it’s necessary then some social media would be shut down.” The commission was formed to monitor hate speech and incitement after post-election violence a decade ago killed more than 1,000 people.
Observers have warned of possible violence around the upcoming elections. Two people were shot and wounded Sunday during a rally for a gubernatorial candidate in the capital, Nairobi.
“There are terrible people on social media who are hell-bent on causing unnecessary anxiety across the country,” Kaparo said.
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