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NCIC: TikTok leads in spread of hate, disinformation

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TikTok is leading in cases of hate speech compared to other social media sites, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission has said.

A weekly report by the commission shows out of the 48 cases of hate speech picked from July 15 to July 21 TikTok had (20) the highest number.

The 20 cases are an increase from the previous week’s review where the platform had 14 cases.

Facebook followed with 12 cases of hate speech while Twitter and WhatsApp had 11 and three cases respectively. Within the same seven-day period, NCIC also flagged two cases from Telegram.

“With the increase of hate speech cases in TikTok, the lack of technological capacity that enables a comprehensive analysis and scraping of data has been a challenge. This limits an in-depth analysis of mapping the social networks within TikTok that are responsible for the hate speech,” reads the report.

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Further, the commission said it has not been successful in obtaining data to map social networks of how messages are shared within WhatsApp groups.

“This is limiting our ability to accurately determine the seeders and amplifiers as well as the different clusters responsible for hate speech and disinformation.”

The NCIC said continued use of historical reassessment such as the 2007/08 post-election violence is being used to incite Kenyans on ethnic lines ahead of next week’s election.

The report shows the use of video content describing historical events can trigger tribal conflict and incite one community against another.

While social media platforms have had gains in passing relevant information, the ‘unsocial’ facets of social media have also seen Kenyans weaponise satire to amplify hate speech through shaming and demeaning posts. Some of the flagged content on the social media sites are still online despite reports being made.

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