TikTok To Set Up Kenyan Office As Platform’s CEO Promised To Moderate Its Content

TikTok has revealed it’s looking to set up a Kenyan Office to coordinate its operations in the continent.

This comes after President William Ruto held a virtual meeting with the platform’s  CEO Shou Zi Chew on Thursday. 

Announcing the development on Twitter, President Ruto shared,

“During a virtual meeting with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew … agreed to set up an office in Kenya to coordinate its operations in the region.”

The meeting comes after a private citizen presented a petition in parliament for the platform to be banned in the East African community for promoting obscenity. 

“The petitioner decries that while it has gained popularity among the youth, the content that is being shared on the platform is inappropriate thus promoting violence, explicit sexual content, and hate speech.” Parliament speaker Moses Wetangula shared.

TikTok to moderate it’s content in Kenya 

Addressing content regulation, President Ruto said they agreed to work together in reviewing content.

“Kenya will work with the short-form video hosting service TikTok in reviewing and monitoring its content to ensure that it adheres to the agreed community guidelines and standards.” He shared on Twitter, adding …

“It is our commitment that we bring up our children in the right environment.” 

TikTok also recently announced changes to meet EU regulations