Social media use in the country skyrockets each year and even as they are vital tools in society for advancing our communications, they are being used to propagate hate and violence. The Social Media for Peace campaign by UNESCO which AMWIK was a part of was officially launched to strengthen the resilience of civil society to potentially harmful content spread online, in particular hate speech inciting violence. This is while enhancing the promotion of peace through digital technologies.
AMWIK Executive Director, Judie Kaberia took part in a panel discussion on addressing online hate speech and disinformation in Kenya. Judie advocated for the responsible use of social media platforms and acknowledged AMWIK’s contribution in enhancing digital literacy skills and addressing sexual harassment.
“We believe that social media has a big role in advancing peace in local and foreign circles while shaping the public and political narrative. #SocialMedia4Peace is essential as we evaluate how social media can be more effectively harnessed towards building peace.” She said.