Tech –Tik Tok owner cum Executive Officer Shou Zi Chew and President William Ruto have held a successful meeting that centered on the content delivery in Kenya.
Ruto, as he had promised on Wednesday, held an hour long virtual meeting with the millionaire tech company owner on Thursday August 24 and agreed on the content delivery standards.
“Kenya will work with the short-form video hosting service TikTok in reviewing and monitoring its content to ensure that it adheres to the agreed community guidelines and standards. It is our commitment that we bring up our children in the right environment,” he stated.
This agreement being a follow up after the head of State, yesterday, promised to reach out to Tik Tik company after concerns were raised on the over usage of the social platform in the country.
The move to tame carelessness on Tik Tok will ensure that only safe and consumable content is uploaded for all users.
Calls to shut down the platform had increased after it emerged that Kenyans were using it to spread Parental Guidance PG content as well as security threatening videos.
Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba and his ICT counterpart Eliud Owalo had told various media houses that it was not possible to cut short the platform.
“I May find it hard to ban Tik Tokk,” Namwamba told parliamentarians on Wednesday during his appearance before the Speaker.
On Thursday, Owalo said it will be wrong for anyone to close the social media platform in the country but, instead, advised that its content will, henceforth, be monitored closely.
“We are not banning TikTok but we have to find a way to manage unpalatable content on the platform,” he stated.
He added that Tik Tok is a great platform when the company exercises self-regulation; pointing out that the only problem with the site is that it is not controlled hence leaving room for misuse.
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