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Group Kenya: Facebook forum with over 2 million followers suspended

Group Kenya, one of Africa’s most popular Facebook pages has been suspended.

Through an alternative page, the group admins said Facebook disabled their page for violating community standards as regarding nudity.

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“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm this information (that Group Kenya Facebook page has been suspended). The group was last night disabled by Facebook under claims of violating Facebook Community Guidelines on nudity,” said Group Kenya on Tuesday, June 16.

The group which has been in existence for over 7 years and with at least 2.1 million followers was suspended on Monday, June 15.

Group Kenya further maintained that they do not agree with Facebook’s assessment saying that they have appealed to have the page back.

“We, however, do not agree with that assessment and have since appealed to have the group re-enabled… As we have for the past seven years, The Group Kenya Team remains committed to providing you avenues for discourse, discussions and difficult, sometimes even controversial conversations. We remain committed to upholding your freedoms to express yourself,” they said.

“It may not be easy to rebuild the community we have nurtured over the past seven years, all over again, but we dare try. We thank you all for being a part of our community. We will be back.”

Further reports have indicated that a section of its users filed complaints to Facebook about the page’s “Objectionable Content”.

According to Facebook, Objectionable Content, which contravenes the social media platform’s Community Standards include, hate speech, violent and graphic content, adult nudity and sexual activity, sexual solicitation, and insensitive content.

Facebook has of late upped the ante by unpublishing pages that flouts any of its Community Standards. Sometimes such pages are banned for two or three months while at times they are completely restricted from posting.

“People can report potentially violating content, including Pages, Groups, Profiles, individual content, and comments,” says Facebook. “The consequences for violating our Community Standards vary depending on the severity of the violation and the person’s history on the platform. For instance, we may warn someone for a first violation, but if they continue to violate our policies, we may restrict their ability to post on Facebook or disable their profile.”

Group Kenya has been an avenue for online wars and political duels pitting Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke factions. The page has been reported on several occasions for violating Facebook’s community guidelines.

This is the second time Group Kenya Facebook page has been suspended by Facebook.

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In June 2017, the page lost its profile over unclear circumstances but the group’s administrators successfully recovered it.

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