Sep 13, 2021

Kenyan influencers paid to take 'guerrilla warfare’ online

According to the research conducted between May and June 2021, they were paid to directly harass and discredit journalists, judges and civil activists on Twitter. About 100 accounts run by Kenyan Twitter influencers have now been deactivated by the tech giant for violating its platform manipulation and spam policy. The hired influencers have managed to scare away critical voices from the debate on Twitter, with civil activists saying they now self-censor on the platform. Ms Amdany agrees - deciding to delete her personal Twitter account a while back because of trolls - though the women's rights organisation she heads, Crawn Trust, remains on Twitter. For Brian Obilo, the co-author of the report, one solution could be for Twitter to pause trends during key times such as elections.

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