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CA warns 176 bloggers over hate speech on social media

The Communications Authority (CA) has identified 176 and warned social media accounts involved in propagating hate speech on social media.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) and Communications Authority said 31 cases are under prosecution across the country ahead of the elections.

In a statement published in local dailies on Friday, the two agencies warned administrators of social media platforms that they will be held liable for any hate speech remarks.

“The commission hereby warns administrators of all social media platforms that they will be held liable for any hate speech posts disseminated on their platforms.

“As the 2017 General Elections approach, the attention of the two agencies has been drawn to the misuse of electronic communications networks, particularly the social media platforms to propagate hate speech and other undesirable content,” the statement read in part.

Any person contravening section 13 of the NCIC Act 2008 is liable to a fine of Sh1 million or imprisonment of three years, while section 62 offences of ethnic contempt or racial discrimination, one is liable to a fine of 1 million or imprisonment of five years or both.