The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) is taking a strong stance against the sharing of intimate images and videos without consent. KFCB CEO Christopher Wambua issued a statement on Wednesday, expressing concern about the alarming increase in graphic content being shared on social media platforms.
Wambua highlighted the recent disturbing incident in which a mother killed a minor in Kitengela, which was streamed live on social media. He also condemned the misuse of digital apps for hosting and streaming explicit adult shows, which he says is a blatant breach of the law.
“The Board shall continue to monitor and flag offensive and disturbing audio-visual content and report the same to relevant government agencies and operators for appropriate action,” the statement read in part.
The KFCB boss emphasized that it is illegal to share intimate images or videos of other parties without their consent. Offenders are liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh. 200,000, imprisonment for up to two years, or both. Additionally, those who trade or distribute obscene films are guilty of a misdemeanour and face imprisonment for up to two years or a fine of Ksh. 7,000.
The board urged victims who go through such gross violations to seek legal redress and called on parents and caregivers to monitor the content their children access on social media. They also urged social media platform operators, online distributors, and exhibitors to enforce their community guidelines to prevent the misuse of their platforms.
Let’s all do our part to help prevent the spread of harmful content online and protect the privacy and safety of others.