Twitter has suspended the account of controversial blogger Cyprian Nyakundi for going against the social media platform’s rules. While Twitter did not give the specific guidelines that Nyakundi violated, it is strongly believed the move has everything to do with the leaking of nude photos of Radio Africa General Manager Martin Khafafa.
In the photos, Khafafa is seen naked with two ladies in what looks like a hotel bathroom in a compromising situation that has thrown the media manager into the spotlight. Cyprian Nyakundi weighed in his usual fashion to condemn the act. Khafafa is understood to have reported the account to Twitter.
Nyakundi, who recently lost a significant number of followers alongside other Twitter bigwigs like president Uhuru Kenyatta following a Twitter purge, is a vicious figure on social media who never shies from tackling even the most sensitive of topics. With over half a million followers, he can be vicious in cyberspace battle.
In April he was arraigned in court for, among others, exposing how the National Intelligence Service (NIS) allegedly taps voice calls. The prosecution said this amounted to hate speech.
Nyakundi had urged Kenyans to dial Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code *#62# to determine the number to which their voice calls are diverted to.
The blogger has also been sued by Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore for defamation and the telecommunication firm’s boss has barred Nyakundi from “publishing or causing to be published either by his agents, servants in any of his blogs or media platform any statements defamatory or otherwise concerning the plaintiff.”
— A Karani Onsomu (@erwoti) July 31, 2018
There have been mixed reactions from Kenyans on Twitter, with those who like him condemning the move by Twitter, while those who don’t support his style on social media celebrating. Without Twitter, Nyakundi’s stronghold has been disabled and now he may have to use a pseudo account or his website to push his agenda.
It is normal for Facebook or Twitter to suspend accounts deemed to go against their rules, especially posts propagating hate, terrorism, pornography or malice.
— Richard Bosire ?? (@richybosire) July 31, 2018