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Kenyan authorities plan to ban TikTok due to concerns about negative impact globally as user numbers increase

social mediaTIC TocIt has been banned in several countries in recent years, and Kenya, which has a large number of users on the platform, could become the next country to ban the platform.

The number of TikTok users has grown rapidly since it entered Kenya in 2016 and has become one of the most used social media in the country. According to the “2023 Digital News Report” released by the Reuters Journalism Institute, Kenya leads the world in the number of TikTok users, accounting for 54% of global users.

TikTok’s parent company is China’s ByteDance, which has been embroiled in privacy and national security controversies in recent years. Including the influence of American and Chinese science and technology,Lok SabhaA bill was passed in March this year requiring ByteDance to sell TikTok, otherwise it would be banned in the United States.

Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported that the platform’s popularity has forced Kenyan authorities to consider whether to impose greater supervision. Home Affairs Minister Kithure Kindiki said the government believes TikTok does not comply with the country’s data protection and personal privacy laws.

According to a Reuters interview, Zindi believes that TikTok has had a huge negative impact on Kenya. “Criminals will spread malicious information through the platform or dupe Kenyans into fraudulent transactions.”

According to the South China Morning Post, Kenyan data protection lawyer James Mbugua expressed a different view on the possible ban. “Kenya must be careful not to get caught up in the hegemony between East and West,” he said, adding that such censorship could have a negative impact on freedom of speech and media in Kenya.

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