Bob Ndolo, the CEO of Bridget Connect Consultancy, has submitted a petition to the Kenyan Parliament, urging for the ban of the popular social media app TikTok in Kenya.
Ndolo argues that the explicit content on TikTok promotes violence, hate speech, and vulgarity, which undermines the cultural and religious values of the country.
The petitioner highlights the potential threats to mental health and academic performance posed by the Chinese-owned application if it is not banned.
Ndolo claims that TikTok’s addictive nature could lead to a decline in academic performance among the youth and an increase in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation.
Ndolo’s petition raises concerns about the failure of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) to regulate TikTok effectively. The petitioner argues that the CA is unable to remove or block inappropriate or offensive content, which is a cause for alarm.
Furthermore, Ndolo points out that other nations, including the United States, have already banned TikTok due to privacy breaches and the unauthorized collection of personal information.
He cites a fine of $5.7 million imposed on TikTok by the USA Federal Trade Commission in 2019 for illegally collecting personal information from children under the age of 13, violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
The Speaker of the Kenyan Parliament has directed the National Assembly’s Public Petitions Committee to review the petition and present its findings. This move signifies the seriousness with which the concerns raised by Ndolo are being treated.