The largest social media company Twitter has deleted more than 240 Kenyan accounts after an international report revealed that some Kenyan influencers have been used to spread misinformation about reproductive health and women’s rights in the country.
According to a report by the Mozilla Foundation, a Spanish-based company hired lobbyists to push rail labels on Twitter in Kenya to promote two reproductive health bills that have been the subject of talks.
“Research shows how the right-wing European organization used Twitter to incorporate misleading information and provocative language into critical and regional dialogue,” the report read.
The first bill, the Reproductive Health Care Bill, sought to make prenatal and postnatal care free and would end forced compulsion.
On the other hand, the Human Reproductive Assistance Bill aimed to create reproductive policies and standards.
Paid Tweets, according to the Mozilla Foundation, played a role in advancing its agenda by opposing bills.
International reports indicated that lobbyists were paid between Ksh 1138 and Ksh 1707 per campaign to push the story.
The campaign resulted in more than 20,000 tweets being added to more than 240 accounts that have been removed in violation of platform policies.
The report says nations like Kenya are being targeted by billions of companies to spread their ideology.
“These organizations see Kenya and other southern nations as new borders to strengthen and propagate their ideology,” the report reads.
According to the Twitter page of Frequently Asked Questions, misinformation is called news or media that have been radically altered or misrepresented, misrepresented or misrepresented, including in the media. about public affairs, having an impact on public safety or potentially causing harm.
“We apply the following criteria when considering Tweets and the media by tagging or removing under this policy as part of our ongoing work to enforce our policies and ensure healthy and secure conversations on Twitter,” reads: Frequently Asked Questions page Twitter.