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Twitter’s Transparency Report Put Kenya Top Of African Governments Seeking Information On Users

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Twitter is witnessing an increasing number of government requests for data involving user accounts.

The company released its latest transparency report, which aims to help consumers better understand tweet removal requests and copyright notices as well as government information requests. With each report, the number of government requests continues to rise, and the US government continues to make more requests than any other government.

This is the drawback of using social networks and other online services. The information you share can come back to haunt you. In most of the requests the IP logins tops the requests.

Kenya tops the list of African Governments Seeking closure on users. This is done through the National Intelligence Service should that have a criminal case against a user to pursue. Here’s the graphical representation of the requests posted by GoK. Despite the requests, Twitter in the last 6 months granted the GoK access to either of the accounts they asked for.
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Doctors At Kenyatta Hospital Successfully Replants A Boy’s Penis After It Was Chopped Off

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Prof. Khainga.

On the 18th of December at around 1am, a 16 year old boy only identified as EM by the doctors for his privacy, was attacked by unknown persons and his manhood completely chopped off using a kitchen knife at its base.

Eight hours later, the form three student was brought to KNH with her mum where after review by disciplined team of plastic surgeons and urologists, he was admitted and scheduled for the landmark surgery.

Special team Of surgeons led by Prof Khainga, Dr. Ferdinand Nangole, Senior Lecturer UoN Microvascular surgeon, Dr. Ajujo Plastic Surgeon, Dr.Were(plastic surgeon). Prof Khainga and Dr L. Ajujo both operate a private plastic surgery clinic in Kilimani; Surgeoderm.

Dr. Mutie Thomas, KNH’s CEO has applauded the team calling them a master team and stamping confidence that KNH holds the facilities and experts to perform such a like complicated surgery.

In another incident last year in February, a team of 15 surgeons under Prof Khainga, anesthetists and nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital successfully reattached the hand of a 17-year-old boy which was severed by a chaff cutter.

The young man, Joseph Theuri, accidentally chopped off his arm last month while cleaning the machine used for cutting straw for farm animals into smaller pieces.

There was also the successful separation of two year old conjoined twins at Kenyatta National Hospital which marked a medical milestone in Kenya. Other than South Africa, very few successful separations have been performed in sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya a multi-disciplinary team of medical experts operated on the twins for 23 uninterrupted hours.

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The replantion Of the young man’s penis is also a landmark being one of it’s kind to be successfully done. Doctors have confirmed that he had responded well to the surgery and normal reproductive system upbeat.


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US President Donald Trump Warns Twitter and Facebook Over Consistent Censorship Of Users.

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“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.

Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen. Who is making the choices, because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!

Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police. If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all..”

Twitter has been on the limelight for Censorship and Suspension spree on users they believe to violate their Terms and Conditions which have been exaggerated to the extent of Daylight murder. The controllers ethics adherence is nothing but Impunity coating. It all began with shutting down of fake accounts–bots which majority with fake followers lost massive number, some by half a million.

Twitter founder Jack and Twitter support talks of their Terms and Conditions which doesn’t favour speaker of truth and an African revolutionist being an Uprising continent. Take an example, One of Kenya’s Influential Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi’s suspension from twitter was on the basis of consistent reports of complaints of his tweets because this is a figure who says it as it is without fear or favour. The fruit of his tackles are being enjoyed by all Kenyans of Goodwill. He had tackle Corporate fraudsters day in day out; Bob Collymore and his Safaricom fraud schemes have been downplayed, Swazuri- Ruaka Land scandal and SGR Compensation saga have led to his(Swazuri) arrest and fired from his NLC position, tremendous Corrupt Politicians have felt his wrath and which have led him be charged with Cyber bullying to some extent but have always won. The accomplishments are too many to mention. After his suspension from twitter, over 20,000 Kenyans on Twitter migrated to Gab where he is currently operating. Twitter ought to listen to or rather consider every voice; both of haters and funs. Every social media influencer has haters and funs at equal measures and the Ecosystem must accommodate all these people.

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There are specific words that have been marked that when you include in your tweet might send you to suspension list: “Mbwa” “Malaya” “Sponyo” which were consistently Nyakundi’s thunderous sentiments. Personally i wouldn’t hesitate to use them in my sentiments for so many reasons because that’s the language perpetrators understand better. Taking the bull by the horn.

Specifically on Africa as an Uprising Continent, the liberation has not come about by Good Expression Ethics but tough and offending words to the oppressor because the system is not pampering and in return can’t be pampered. The minority voices are heard and some have been heard through these platforms in these manners and some have actually resulted to powerful changes favouring human kind and like Trump has said, too many mistakes are being made and let everybody participate whether good or bad.


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Ezekiel Mutua, Nyakundi, Xtiandela Kenya’s Twitter Big Wigs Loses Big Numbers As Twitter Purges On Fake Followers

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People are losing their followers on Twitter and it is getting to worse from bad as Twitter embarks on a clean up drive targeting dormant followers. As part of Twitter’  ongoing and global effort to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter. Follower counts are a visible feature, and Twitter want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate.

Over the years, Twitter has locked accounts when they detected sudden changes in account behavior. In these situations, they reach out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, they were kept locked with no ability to log in. This week, Twitter will be removing such locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.

Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. Twitter say they do understand this may be hard for some, but believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation.

Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly.

The general argument is the purge is aimed st not accounts but Twitter clarifies that’s not necessarily the case on the targeted locked accounts.

In most cases, these accounts were created by real people but Twitter cannot confirm that the original person who opened the account still has control and access to it and so they’ll be needed to confirm. The numbers are expected to vary again after some of the locked accounts will have verified their identity.

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This purge is different from Spam accounts (sometimes referred to as bots) which typically exhibit spammy behavior from the beginning, but Twitter system has been accurate on stopping them since spam accounts are increasingly predictable by their systems, and can be automatically shut down with their technology.

US President Trump who’s one of the most active has lost a significant number of followers about 500,000 as if time of reporting this. Most celebrities internationally have been affected as well.

It seems they’re not all gone and most for resurrect.

Kenyan big wigs and influencers have also not been spared and have lost followers in their big numbers with biggest casualties being the popular Xtiandela and Cyprian Nyakundi whom have cumulatively lost over 1 million followers since the purge started.

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Nyakundi was originally at 1.2million followers

Xtiandela was originally at 1million followers.

Mutai was initially at 300K+ followers

Ezekiel Mutua the moral police has been whipped down by Twitter police down to 34K from 106K followers.

A part from Kenya’s twitter big names there are some other small scale influencers who’ve also been worst hit with most losing an average of 50,000-100,000 followers. Even the President Uhuru’s account hasn’t been spared either with this about 80,000 followers killed from his counts.

A bit of consolation is everybody is losing followers so it’s not just you alone, everyone including the founder of Twitter has been hit.

Twitter is also removing accounts that have been inactive for more than 30 days and this explains the big numbers of accounts getting killed. It might be depressing to most especially those with big numbers but it is positive on creating real conversations with real people. While fingers obviously are pointing, it is not definite that those who lost followers necessarily bought boys to scale up their followers count even though it could also be part of their predicaments.


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