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WhatsApp, Facebook admins to soon require CA licenses

A Bill is expected to be tabled before the parliament to compel Facebook and WhatsApp group admins to obtain CA licenses.

Malava Member of Parliament Hon. Malulu request group admins of the named social media platforms to obtain a license before setting them up.

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The Bill also calls for hefty fines of up to Ksh 500,000 for anyone found running the groups without the Communication of Kenya license.

Kenyans who are well known for being the most active users will be forced to rethink before allowing anything to be published in their groups.

The news comes at a time when prominent politicians and individuals have been making headlines on WhatsApp and Facebook for bad reasons.

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Some have been exposed badly and their nude photos shared without any second thought on its impact.

Users of some groups have also been targeting prominent people of certain political parties and ethnicity.

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If the new law is enacted then group administrators will have to submit content shared on the platform to Communication Authority of Kenya.

They will also be tasked to vet users, specify the type of content to post and monitor conversations. Failure to do so also attracts a two-year jail term.

Berryl Achieng
Kenyan news interests me a lot but I also keep tabs on other news making headlines in Africa and around the world.


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