Prominent TBEN quitting or not on social media

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Impersonation and identity theft are some of the issues social media giants have taken action against in an effort to combat fake news and misinformation.

Twitter warns users to impersonate individuals, groups or organizations to mislead, confuse or mislead others. It also argues against using a false identity to disrupt other users’ experiences.

However, despite the measures taken, a majority of TBEN still fall for fake accounts, duping a section while others unknowingly spread fake news.

Some of the social media accounts posing as prominent TBEN have amassed thousands of followers. The elite being impersonated will stop using social media, have never opened accounts or are not as active as the fake accounts that steal their identities.

Citizen TV founder SK Macharia and a signpost with Royal Media Services stations.

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SK Macharia

Samuel Kamau Macharia is the founder and chairman of Royal Media Service, the company that runs and manages Citizen TV, Inooro TV and radio stations – Radio Citizen, Hot 96 among other things.

Twitter and Facebook accounts recently popped up with his name and photos, especially after his involvement in the 2022 general election.

Macharia supported the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. However, the tycoon distanced himself from those accounts and others on social media.

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Furthermore, his company, Royal Media Service, has released a statement also rejecting the accounts

“This is to inform the general public that Dr SK Macharia, Chairman of Royal Media Service, does not have social media accounts on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media platforms,” ​​the statement read.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta listens as President William Ruto reads his speech at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta listens as President William Ruto reads his speech at Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta deactivated his social media accounts in 2019 after he faced a barrage of attacks and trolls from some of the users who opposed his presidency.

“Mimi nilitoka Twitter kwa sababu huko ni Matusi tu….afadhali nipige story na mama, nilale, niamke nifanye kazi

(I left Twitter because of the abuse I received. I would rather tell stories with my wife – former First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta – than sleep than wake up to work)” lamented Uhuru.

His account by then had amassed over three million followers, making him one of the most followed heads of state in Africa.

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Fred Matiang’i

Fred Matiang'i

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i addresses the media in Nairobi at a past event

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Outgoing interior CS, Fred Matiang’i, deleted his Twitter account after William Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president.

Matiang’i, whose Twitter account had more than 1.3 million followers, did not disclose why he deactivated his account.

The vocal CS was one of the CS accused of frustrating President William Ruto and his allies.

His attempt to deactivate his account sparked mixed reactions from TBEN, especially those who supported the president’s bid.

David Murathé

Anniversary Vice-President David Murathe in an interview on K24 TV on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Anniversary Vice-President David Murathe in an interview on K24 TV on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

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Former Vice-President Jubilee, David Murathe, is also one of the prominent leaders targeted by impersonators.

However, Murathe himself clarified that he has no social media accounts. Murathe was in the spotlight after a fake account went viral with fake news.

“Congratulations William Ruto, it’s time to show Mount Kenya People who you really are. President Uhuru and I will play with our grandchildren while Ruto changes the constitution,” the tweet read.

In a quick response, Jubilee Party flagged the post and warned users against interacting with its content.

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“Please note that the Vice-Chairman of the Jubilee Party, Hon. David Murathe has no social media accounts,” the account tweeted.

Moses Kuria

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at Maya Gardens Sagana, with Chama Cha Kazi Aspirants at a nomination planning meeting on March 12, 2022

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria at Maya Gardens Sagana, with Chama Cha Kazi Aspirants at a nomination planning meeting on March 12, 2022

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Former Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, stated that he delete his Facebook and Twitter accounts which so far had amassed more than 1.1 million followers on Wednesday, September 14.

“My goal has been achieved. My good friend William Ruto is the fifth president. This account will be permanently deleted on Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 PM. It was a great interaction guys. Goodbye,” Kuria posted.

Winnie Odinga

Winnie Odinga, the daughter of Raila Odinga, stopped using social media on Tuesday 13 September.

Her decision followed a fierce battle of words between her and some of Azimio La Umoja’s staunch supporters.

The two parties disagreed over the mismanagement of Raila Odinga’s campaigns and the ensuing general election.

Winnie Odinga poses for a photo in March 2019

Winnie Odinga poses for a photo in March 2019

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