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De-platforming political disinformation in social media: adaptation mechanisms ahead of Kenya’s 2022 electioneering period

May 13, 2021 - In Research Papers

De-platforming political disinformation in social media: adaptation mechanisms ahead of Kenya’s 2022 electioneering period

Dr. John Mwangi
April – May 2021
Facebook’s and Twitters’ move to block political disinformation on their platforms is bound to render the social media environment to adaptation mechanisms. The de-platforming of key political figures is likely to embolden the rapid rise of new  social media applications such as Fire Chat, Signal, Xender and Lantern while boosting the utilisation of the virtual private networks (VPNs) in political disinformation campaigns. The use of alternative social media applications in the run-up to  Kenya’s 2022 general elections has the potential to negatively impact on the country’s national security and cohesion. There is need for policy makers to develop new strategies to counter disinformation and engage in counter-messaging.
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