Twelve Western envoys have warned Kenyans against spreading alarmist and unconfirmed reports that are intended to raise political tensions, saying such messages have the potential to trigger deadly election violence.
Led by US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, the envoys noted on Thursday that the repeat presidential poll slated for October 17 had seen exponential outbreak of “fake news,” that was raising political temperatures.
While acknowledging that the fake news menace is a global reality, the diplomats said its impact in Kenya is becoming increasingly prominent and negative.
“Everyone has the responsibility to reject lies and fabrications and to fact check. We should all seek authoritative clarification before spreading fake news further,” they said in a statement on Thursday.