June 17, 2024

Kenya parliament receives petition seeking to ban TikTok

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The TikTok logo is seen on a mobile device in this photo illustration in Warsaw, Poland on 20 July, 2023. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto) (Photo by Jaap Arriens / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP)

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A petitioner has called on Members of Parliament to ban the use of the popular social media application TikTok, saying it is a contributor to the erosion of cultural and religious morals in Kenya.

In a petition to the National Assembly on Tuesday, Bob Ndolo, Executive Officer of Bridget Connect Consultancy, urged MPs to act quickly and ban the use of TikTok in the country because it exposes young people to explicit sexual content.

While commenting on the petition, Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa said Parliament cannot preside over the banning of the app since it has created employment for the majority of young people.

However, The petitioner decries that while the use of the application has gained popularity among the youth in the country, the content being shared on the platform is inappropriate, thus promoting violence, explicit sexual content, hate speech, vulgar language, and offensive behaviors, which are serious threats to cultural and religious values.

The petition will be considered by the Public Petitions Committee, which will give its verdict after 60 days.

Additionally, Mr. Ichung’wa said that while the petitioner has valid concerns, his approach to a total ban is akin to fighting technology.

Mr. Ichung’wa told our news reporters that “The petitioner should come to seek out how to regulate the usage of the app, age group, and content uploaded for a certain age to watch; outright banning would be killing the careers of many young people who are earning a living through it.”.

In conclusion, Nominated MP Irene Mayaka said banning the usage of the app in Kenya would not solve the problems raised by the petitioner, saying that with applications such as the Virtual Private Network (VPN), one can still watch the contents of apps available in other countries.

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