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Kenya Proposes License for WhatsApp Group Admins

Becoming an administrator for a whatsapp group or facebook group in Kenya may require obtaining a license- a proposal has been tabled in Kenya’s Parliament.

Moses Injendi representing Malava constituency fronted the bill seeking to compel Admins of WhatsApp and Facebook Group Admins acquire licensing from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).

From this proposal, if approved, the proposed law will also require that WhatsApp group administrators approve members and content using legal documents.

Details from the proposed law outline that the Commission may on application in a prescribed manner and upon payment of a prescribed fee, grant a license authorising any person to establish a social media platform for purposes of communication.

Group Admins may never delete content in the platform because such information may be required for submission to authorities when asked to do so.

The Admin is also required to ensure that members of the WhatsApp group are of ‘age of majority.’

“Any person who contravenes the provision of this section shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding Ksh. 200,000 or to an imprisonment of a term not exceeding one year,” the Bill reads.

This proposed law also tackles the use of social media where Kenyans may now be faced with Ksh.500,000 fine or two-year jail term for posting degrading or intimidating content online.

The Member of Parliament also proposes in this law that posting information on social media that is deemed to be unfair, inaccurate and biased as per a court of law will also pose a risk of jail term or fine.

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