A survey by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has ranked Kenyans as the worst bullies on Twitter.
In the survey which Kenya tops and Canada comes last at position 171, Kenyans excelled in their ability to come together and attack their common enemies, as well as deconstructing both real and perceived enemies. Others who ranked highly include South Africa on second place, Nigeria on the seventh place while the humble Tanzanians were second last.
The famous and yet infamous Kenyans have been known to viciously attack anyone who falls on the wrong side of Kenyans on Twitter, with little regard for truth, facts or any benefit of doubt that can be given. While some cases are well deserved, others are just casualties of Kenyans on Twitter doing what they know best. Some have had their careers built on Twitter, only for the same Twitter to destroy them.
Among the major casualties of Kenya’s bullying on social media include prominent persons, brands, politicians and even countries. Various brands like CNN and New York Times now have to think twice before they Tweet about Kenya, while celebrities like Daniel Marven have realized that they better stick to singing and not mention Kenya or Kenyans.
Charity at Home
With charity beginning at home, Kenyans bullied their president out of social media, forcing him to delete his Facebook and Twitter accounts. He now keeps up with social media using parody accounts. The Deputy President has also received his fare share of bullying, often resulting to join the fight by becoming a blogger himself. Even the Former Prime Minister of Kenya His Excellency Raila Odinga was unable to keep up with leadership on Twitter, instead maintaining his presence there as a Jubilee influencer.
Various countries have also been on the receiving end of Kenya’s hostility. Nigeria, South Africa and China are among the many that have been brutalized on Twitter. Today, no country dares start an online feud with Kenya, unless they have a well-functioning mental health care system.
Even with superior internet or more social media users, many countries are unable to stand an army of Kenyans on Twitter, whose strength is their ability to quickly rally an army of online mercenaries.
To achieve this, Kenyans have conveniently grouped themselves into two teams on Twitter; the class A Twitter and the Chokora Twitter (loosely translated to mean street Twitter). While the class A Twitter is heavily engaged in the professional matters on Twitter, the Chokora Twitter is an army for hire that leverages on numbers to strike whichever target is available. It is this dark army that has left casualties far and beyond.
Some have tried to grow a thick skin, but the stings of Kenyans on Twitter (#KOT) are too sharp. It was previously reported that Kenyan bullied a pangolin to death, in spite of its military grade skin. (For those who do not understand, a pangolin, shown below, is a Swahili name for an animal that lives in caves).
When the Third World War is fought on social media, Kenyans will end up as superpowers.
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