New Twitter Policy Bars Sonko From Continuing With Exposes

  • Former Nairobi governor at a past function in 2016
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a past function in 2016
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  • Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been dealt a blow following Twitter's decision to change its policies.

    Twitter has announced a new ban on sharing private and confidential content on the platform.

    This comes after the platform noted the rising concerns of misuse of media to harass, intimidate and reveal identities of private individuals.

    In an announcement made by the platform on Tuesday, November 30, Twitter noted that they will not allow the sharing of private media of individuals without their consent.

    A side by side photo of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and current governor Ann Kananu
    A side by side photo of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and current governor Ann Kananu
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    Sonko has recently HIT headlines after publishing footage that had damning allegations against the Judiciary, Nairobi governor Ann Kananu and high court Judge Justice Chitembwe.

    Similarly, through a series of audio and video recordings the former Nairobi county Boss leaked private information about Governor Ann Kananu's ally Merry Nkatha.

    According to Twitter,''Beginning today (Tuesday), we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent.''

    "Publishing people's private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so,"  the statement read.

    The new policies are aimed at curbing the misuse of media to harass private individuals, which disproportionately impacts women, activists, dissidents, and members of the minority communities.

    Twitter states that any person affected will need to report the content and prove that they are the persons targeted in order for the platform to take action.

    ''To be clear, we require a first-person report or a report by an authorized representative of the photo or video in question. After we receive a report, that particular media will be reviewed before any enforcement action is taken,'' the statement read.

    However, the new policy does not apply to journalists featuring individuals or public figures when the information accompanying the image or media adds value to the public discourse or is a matter of public interest.

    Additionally, Twitter noted that the new policy is not applicable in instances where users may share media of private individuals to help someone in need.

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on Friday September 10
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko on Friday, September 10
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