The use of Social media is now part of our daily routine as it is the easiest and quickest source of getting and sending out information.
Some people have gained a voice, popularity, or even a source of income through their use of social media, making it one of the greatest inventions of our time.
It, however, has a nasty side to it as online bullying, threats, as well as false rumors, are easily done through it.
This was apparently the reason behind the decision of two Members of Parliament; Stephen Mule (Matungulu) and Sammy Seroney (Nominated) to ask the National Assembly to come up with laws that will help govern the use of social media.
Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, the MPs from the Wiper Democratic Party strongly criticised the manner in which Kenyans use social media platforms to “spread malicious, false and hurting information” about others.
The MPs cited the recent rumors in circulation about the late Nyeri governor Wahome Gakuru which began moments after his death.
“We need as members to come up with laws to deal with the social media, as an MP, even before you know your fate, you are already condemned death by the social media,” said Mule.
“I know it is within the powers of this house, without fear or favor, to deal with such issues within the law. I want to urge the public please don’t misuse social media to harm other families. Governor Wahome has a family.”
The nominated MP lamented how social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter “have become a room for speculation and hatred.”
“We need to look into this issue of social media as a house. I got shocked when I read some funny things about the late governor. If we don’t get a way of putting our speed governor on this social media it will destroy this country, it will destroy all of us,” added Seroney.