S is for #SomeoneTell

A-Z-KOT-phone-SKenyans on Twitter have picked battles with international media and often galvanise, putting aside daily disagreements and differences of opinion to rally as a country united by the hashtag #SomeoneTell whenever a big enough threat appears.

When CNN initially misreported details of a grenade attack in the city in 2012, Kenyans tweeted criticising the broadcaster and reportage using #SomeoneTellCNN. The media station took notice with the journalist in question issuing an apology on their behalf. A year later, CNN would be at fault once again in 2013 during the March 2013 General Election and issue a subsequent apology for the farcical story on supposed militants preparing for violence.

Kenyans have battled digital citizens of other African nations severally. #SomeoneTellUganda was born after a newspaper article posed that President Uhuru Kenyatta was a relative of a Ugandan king. #SomeoneTellBotswana began after the Foreign Affairs minister said their country wouldn’t cooperate with the Kenyan president-elect because of his indictment by the International Criminal Court. #SomeoneTellNigeria, #SomeoneTellSouthAfrica and even Kenyan political figures and stories have seen Kenyans on Twitter rally around the #SomeoneTell hashtag to pass a point across.