Tech & Science: Kenya is launching an ultimatum to Facebook to regulate the speeches of hatred

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Une commission kényane a fixé vendredi un ultimatum de sept jours à Facebook pour supprimer des propos haineux sur sa plateforme. © Reuters - Dado Ruvic A Kenyan Commission fixed Friday a seven -day ultimatum on Facebook to remove hateful remarks on its platform.

The National Commission for Cohesion and Integration (NCIC) gives Facebook 7 days to comply with the texts in force on the regulation of hatred speeches.

According to a report by the Global Defense Group Witness and the Cabinet of Foxglove legal activists published Thursday, July 28, the social network fails to detect hatred speeches posted on its platform and continues to be used to propagate violent messages to the 'Approach to the presidential election of August 9.

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The commission (NCIC) threatens to request the suspension of Facebook if the company does not take any measures to remedy it. “We give Time to Facebook, warned Danvas Makori, an NCIC commissioner in front of the press on Friday morning. We have sent them very clear requests and they must comply. They clearly violate the laws of our country.

The NCIC, which is responsible, among other things, for tracking down any word or written capable of encouraging hatred and violence, said that it has sent recommendations to Facebook's parent company, Meta, following the Global Witness and Foxglove report , who says in particular that more than a dozen hateful political messages have been published on the network.

“We are a sovereign country and in which reigns very great freedom, with a very progressive constitution but if Facebook does not comply with our requirements and the recommendations that we have made, then within 7 days, we will ask that That this platform is suspended until further notice, ”insisted the member of the National Commission for Cohesion and Integration.

The NCIC is an independent organization for monitoring ethnic cohesion implemented after post-electoral violence of 2007-2008 which left more than 1,000 dead. The Commission does not have the power to suspend Facebook but can make recommendations to the government authority responsible for communications.

“We must have the guarantee that Facebook takes measures to regulate hatred speeches, said Danvas Makori. Let's be very clear. This country is stronger from a social network or any other company. We are bigger than that. We will not allow Facebook to jeopardize our safety and be a vector of incentive to hatred. »

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