No, the Government of Kenya has not banned TikTok - iVerify Kenya

No, the Government of Kenya has not banned TikTok


The petition submitted to National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula by Bob Ndolo, an executive officer of the Briget Connect Consultancy, urging for a ban on TikTok in Kenya due to concerns about adult content, has not yet received approval.

On August 23, 2023, President William Ruto addressed the winners of the music festival at Nakuru State Lodge. During his speech, he announced his intentions to meet with the CEO of TikTok on Thursday. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss strategies for moderating content on the platform, with the goal of reducing negative content and exploring opportunities for content monetization.

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Verified Aug, 24 2023


TikTok has finally closed down in Kenya.

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The iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has fact-checked this content and established that it is False.

To arrive to this conclusion, the iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has conducted the following process. On August 15, 2023, during the National Assembly proceedings, the petition addressed to Speaker Moses Wetang’ula was deliberated upon. In his contribution, the leader of the Majority Party, Kimani Ichung’wah, asserted that there is an insufficient basis to call for a ban on the app, as a significant number of parliamentarians are active subscribers. The speaker instructed the National Assembly’s Public Petitions Committee to review the petition and provide a report on its findings.

On August 24, 2023, President William Ruto engaged in a virtual meeting with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew. The purpose was to deliberate on regulating platform content in accordance with community guidelines. In a statement, President Ruto underscored the importance of maintaining clean and acceptable TikTok content. The President also mentioned that TikTok has agreed to establish a Kenyan office, aimed at enhancing content moderation and overseeing African operations.

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