These are the Facebook groups the government is watching closely and will arrests users for hate speech

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At least 12 national Facebook groups and 36 county based WhatsApp groups are being monitored by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to help curb spread of hate speech as elections nears.

According to NCIC chairman, Francis Kaparo, total of 176 social media pages and groups are being monitored. They include 12 national ones and 36 county based WhatsApp groups.

Here are the groups:

  1. Uasin Gishu county forum
  2. Kapseret Constituency forum
  3. Uasin Gishu County discussion forum
  4. The New Marsabit County for all
  5. Bunge la Busia
  6. Migori Revisionists Council
  7. Meru economic and political Facebook forum
  8. Jubilee Party suporters
  9. NASA politics and citizens
  10. Langas Yetu
  11. Voices of Change
  12. Kenya political forum
NCIC chairman Francis Kaparo

Kaparo said the commission was tightening restriction on social media use ahead of the August 8 General Election.

“We are keeping a close eye on political posts and “sensational reporting” on “unauthenticated digital platforms” such as those hosted on Facebook and Twitter,” he warned. NASA Politics and Citizens and Jubilee Party Supporters were listed as among five national Facebook forums whose administrators detectives were probing.

Kaparo warned Kenyans using social media to incite and engage in hate speech that his office was working with experts from cyber-crime unit to nab them. “Social media administrators will be held liable for hate speech post allowed in their forums,” warned the chairperson.

According to Citizen TV, Kaparo warned Kenyans using social media to incite and engage in hate speech that his office was working with experts from cyber-crime unit to nab them. “Social media administrators will be held liable for hate speech post allowed in their forums,” warned the chairperson.

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