Fake News Affecting Kenya Elections

On The Listening Post this week: Fake news stories, inaccurate polls and misleading ads in the run-up to Kenya’s elections. Plus, Canada’s media split over the case of Omar Khadr.

Kenya elections: Media manipulations and misdemeanours

As Kenyans head to the polls, we examine the coverage around the incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta and his old rival Raila Odinga.

Four years ago, when Kenyatta and Odinga faced each other, it was thought the innovative use of social media was key for a Kenyatta win.

However, this time round, Kenya is facing a different kind of phenomenon. The emergence of fake news stories circulating online and the speed with which these stories are spreading, is causing alarm among the general public. But it’s not only fake news that has voters concerned.

In the past few weeks, attention has focused on Kenyatta’s reported relationship with Cambridge Analytica, an international data crunching firm with links to US President Donald Trump and reportedly the Brexit campaign in Britain. Which has Kenyans wondering, what is Cambridge Analytica up to this time?

Contributors:

Njoki Chege, reporter, Daily Nation
Macharia Gaitho, political commentator, former editor of Daily Nation
Robi Ochieng, academic, United States International University – Africa
Alphonce Shiundu, Kenya editor, Africa Check

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