Ezekiel Mutua Issues Stricter Guidelines For Social Media

  • Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua stated that the agency will ensure it has cleaned up the type of content creatives are churning out.

    In an interview with kenyagist.com, Mutua stated that KFCB began reforms from the grassroots by changing the mindsets of minors who are highly influenced by social media.

    He also stated that KFCB had signed an MOU with Google to educate parents on the use of the internet and also help them be up to date with technology that evolves each day.

    KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua (right) addresses journalists on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in Mombasa

    Mutua acknowledged that younger people have better access to the internet and educating parents will bridge the gap and enable parents to keep an eye on what their children access while browsing the internet.

    Further, the KFCB boss remarked that the agency was working with the Ministry of ICT to promote a Bill that will help in the regulation of social media in Kenya. He opined that people need to have their true identities registered to avoid catfishing which aids bullying.

    “We are in the process of repealing CAP 222 of the Films and Stage Plays Act and merging the Kenya Film Commission with the Kenya Film Classification Board under one law called the Kenya Film Act,†he stated.

    He also warned parents who allow their children to create social media pages that they use to bully others. Mutua noted that minors do not have the right to open social media accounts under the law.

    The government moved to set stringent rules to tame the use of social media among political leaders ahead of the 2022 General election. 

    Through Mutua, the state announced the move to shield the citizens from vile messages from political leaders aimed at causing division and inciting them.

    The state announced plans to delete any videos shared by political leaders on social media that incite people and advocate for violence on social media.

    In addition, the government has announced that the perpetrators will face the full brunt of the law for fostering animosity among the people during the campaigns period.

    He added that the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology which is headed by CS Joe Mucheru will sieve through what is shared on social media by political leaders.

    “Political leaders like uttering inciting words during the campaigns period, that end up being circulated on social media platforms. We will face even more challenges surpassing what was experienced in 2007, where local dialect radios were used to incite violence,†Mutua stated.

    KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua addressing a forum at Kenyatta University in Nairobi on February 22, 2020
    KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua addressing a forum at Kenyatta University in Nairobi on February 22, 2020