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In Kenya, social media platforms are a tool for communication and not an end in themselves. For more effective messages, even political candidates for lower offices may need to engage paid communication managers.
WhatsApp has announced that it is piloting a new feature to help users fact check forwarded messages. The feature is being rolled out for pilot in a few countries first.
Apps like WhatsApp have become so pervasive and immersed in our everyday lives that many more people can now easily communicate with larger numbers of contacts than before. In the context of live talk radio, mobile phones are allowing more people to cheaply and conveniently access studio debates.
Facebook has faced a lot of criticism over the years for failing to moderate hate speech. Its policies have come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks thanks to the Stop Hate for Profit campaign.
Facebook has been investing millions of dollars into telecommunications infrastructure and partnerships to connect Africans to the Internet. However, it has not been clear what the impact of these investments has been.