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Social media site closed indefinitely 

Bunge la Busia, a Facebook social media site has been closed indefinitely.

The largest social media forum with over 75,000 followers was closed on Saturdaydue to failure to comply with the Facebook terms and the community standards as per the notification to the forum’s founder member Stephen Okalebo.
“We don’t allow groups containing threats of physical harm to other people or content that directly targets individuals.In addition, we don’t allow groups containing hate speech or that single people out based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease, read part of the notification.
“This group will remain visible to group admins so that they can edit the group name and info and delete existing posts. We will review the updated group and reactivate it if we find it’s following our standards,” the notification read.
Okalebo however said they are still petitioning Facebook headquarters to open the forum for review and blamed National Government operatives for allegedly forcing the closure of the site.
The closure of the social media site comes barely a week after a Commissioner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Prof Gitile Naituli pointed out that Social Media is still a serious threat to the Country’s cohesion and integration.
Earlier 2017, a local resident Amemba Magufuli was arrested by police in Busia for allegedly posting inciting messages pitting two communities living within the county.

By Salome Alwanda

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