State launches hashtag to curb online hate speech

Director of Public Communications Mary Ombara. PHOTO | FILE

The ministry of ICT has unveiled a new hashtag, #StopHatespeechKenya, to tone down the viral nature of hate messages being spewed on the Internet.

This is in response to hate messages that continue to dominate Kenya's social media platforms.

Director of Public Communications Mary Ombara said the ministry was seeking ways of popularizing the hashtag to ensure hate messages are kept at bay.

The hashtag is already live on Facebook and Twitter and will soon be popularized on other platforms.