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TechCabal Daily – Kenya’s New Law for Content Creators

APRIL 14, 2022

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In today’s edition

  • Kenya enacts new classification laws for creators
  • FarmBuzz promotes smart farming in Zimbabwe
  • TikTok wants to make its platform safer
  • Event: Fintech Week London 2022
  • Opportunities

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KENYA INTRODUCES NEW CLASSIFICATION LAWS FOR CREATORS


The Film and Classification Board of Kenya (KFCB, unrelated to KFC, unfortunately) has announced new rules that decentralize board responsibilities.

Last week, the KFCB announced that broadcast companies, online streaming platforms and content creators would now be involved in reviewing and classifying their content with pre-approved ratings.

And no, that’s not the kind of ranking that separates M. Night Shyamalan’s Avatar from James Cameron’s. This is the kind of rating that marks movies for violent content, nudity, sex, or other ratings that inform readers of a feature’s content/themes and the ages they are appropriate for.

KFCB has 4 classifications including General Exhibition (GE) which “means suitable for all ages”, PG for features that require parental guidance for younger audiences, and 16 and 18 tags which mean age appropriateness.

So what happens now?

The KFCB cannot track the amount of content entering Kenya. With Netflix, Apple+, Disney Plus and a host of other local productions, there is an influx of features in Kenya and the board cannot review everything in a reasonable time frame.

Now the council shares the task between itself and the creators. “Grading one day’s content can take 1 week and we are unable to keep up. So the industry’s involvement is to ensure compliance while coping with digital expansion,” said Acting CEO Christopher Wambua.

Each broadcaster or streaming platform will edit 70% of its own content while KFCB will edit 30%. The board also pointed out that defaulting broadcasters will be forced to submit all their content for classification by KFCB – a disruptive process – and fined KShs 100,000 ($860) for each violation.

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FARM BUZZ INVITES SMART FARMING TO ZIMBABWE

Right after graduating from college, Anesu Mapisa and Emmanuel Marume decided to innovate in Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector – the country’s highest-paying industry – rather than seek employment.

After much deliberation, they decided to offer farm management, seasonal budgeting and advisory services. They registered their business, Farm Buzz, and took to social media [Instagram and Facebook] to educate farmers on efficiency in hopes that they would convert into customers.

But online agricultural training is not innovative enough. The duo therefore recognized the opportunity to use drones to increase the efficiency of the farms they were employed on, particularly when it came to weed control.

Mapusa, whose parents are smallholder farmers, said he wants to promote smart farming in Zimbabwe through best agronomic practices and agrotechnology.

Today, their drones are helping commercial farmers and smallholders automate the spraying of pesticides and herbicides on their farmlands. They also use drones for farm mapping and scouting, helping farmers know the exact size of their fields for proper planning and resource utilization.

Although there was growing interest in the drone option, however, farmers did not immediately accept the technology. Traditional methods and experience stood in their way.

Learn more in How a Seeded Drone Company is Helping Commercial Farmers and Smallholders.

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TIKTOK WANTS TO MAKE ITS PLATFORM MORE SECURE


TikTok is exploring new ways to “foster safety and kindness” on its app.

How much naughtiness is there on TikTok?

Over the past two months, regulators and users have shifted from Meta (Instagram and Facebook) to TikTok. Meta may have been under the microscope for a long time, but it might be TikTok time.

The app has over a billion active users per month. Given its growth, Meta even launched a smear campaign to get people to notice how harmful TikTok can be.

Don’t be fooled though. While Meta’s actions might be the classic case of “charcoal calling the pot black,” TikTok’s scrutiny has its own merits. With its endless scrolling algorithm and user interface, misinformation circulates on TikTok into bite-sized pieces.

Much like the case against Instagram, young adults are also subject to the same negative impact on TikTok including bullying, self-esteem issues and, in some cases, physical injuries such as #SkullbreakerChallenge who hospitalized multiple users.

So what does TikTok do?

First, it is testing dislike buttons for its comments section.

According to his blog postthis will help the community better control comments and “individuals will identify comments that they deem irrelevant or inappropriate”.

Although the dislike option is available for videos on the platform, this is the first time it will be extended to comments. Similar to YouTube, however, users won’t be able to see each comment’s count.

The platform is also testing security options that will help the platform’s creators filter out harmful comments using keywords and remove them in bulk.

He also updated his Report on the application of the community regulation for the 4th quarter of 2021 where it highlights improvements to reporting, detection and removal of content.

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EVENT: FINTECH WEEK LONDON


The second edition of Fintech Week London will be held from July 11 to 15, 2022.

Fintech Week London is a week-long series of events that highlights and celebrates London’s innovative fintech scene, bringing together high-level decision makers from major fintechs, banks, investment firms, regulators, media companies and service providers.

This year’s edition will feature 150 speakers including Ghela Boskovitchfounder of FemTechGlobal; Leda Glyptis, chief client officer at 10x Future Technologies; and Huy Nguyen TrieuCo-founder of the Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (CFTE).

The panels will also cover several topics, including the development of fintech, open banking, crypto and digital sovereignty.

Virtual and in-person ticket options are available from £45 ($58). register here.

OPPORTUNITIES

  • the JAMII Women Program is now open for applications from women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Kenya and Ivory Coast who are focused on creating sustainable solutions in the agricultural sector. One woman from each country will receive prizes of $10,000 and participate in a 2-week acceleration program. check it out.
  • the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Scholarship now offers candidates at the start of their career [centred in international affairs] the opportunity to spend 10 months at Chatham House, London, working on an individual research project of their choice. Apply here.
  • Applications are open for the 2022 edition of the African Business Heroes Competition for African Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from the 54 African countries who contribute to the development of sustainable economies are invited to apply. Ten winning entrepreneurs will share $1.5 million, gain access to mentorship opportunities and gain global recognition. take your shot.

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