In April a new forum that promised to offer Kenyans a free speech platform appeared online.
That time it had only less than 20 users. Currently the forum has over 1200 users with over 5000 conversations.
‘It has really grown’, said one user. The forum gained over 500 users in a month after its launch, according to a blog post.
The 2bonge Forum, whose motto is ‘Sema Yote’ or ‘speak freely’ came into prominence after the Twitter purger where a couple of big and influential accounts were suspended.
2bonge has the following categories: Politics, News, Book club, Religion, sex and relationships and sports among others,
‘Users that are active and reach 1000 points, should notify the admin so as to get a verification badge’, says a post by the admin of the site.
Kenyans on Twitter starting this morning run a hashtag in praise of the forum as an alternative to news dissemination and conversations even going into the 2022 elections.
In the age of censorship, forums like 2bonge.net will come in handy to continue the conversation.
Here are some of the tweets we sampled.
#2bongeForum Freedom of speech is necessary for self-government. Citizens of a free country have a right to hear all sides of public questions. Your choice is not completely free if someone has the power to limit what facts and opinions you are allowed to hear. pic.twitter.com/Pkh4dvYwDq
— Kao Chic🇰🇪 (@ItsEmmah02) October 6, 2019
APP giants like Twitter and Facebook have sold Social media users Infor to the State through their backdoor deals. Overnight suspension to please the State cartels who run Twitter offices and their accounts reporting bots. #2bongeForum pic.twitter.com/NdTTBx1bvw
— Kenyan Trump (@Nichonasri1) October 6, 2019
The rights to freedom of opinion and expression grant all people the right to express themselves, and to seek , receive and impart information through any medium
— PURITY BISIERI🤗 (@Purity_Bisieri) October 6, 2019
Come 2022 elections, It will be extremely hard for influencers to push their message on social media hence need for forums like https://t.co/x04CXRcLkj. Forums are becoming powerful as opposed to corporate Twitter, Facebook etc. #2BongeForum
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@CisNyakundi) October 6, 2019
Many people have been afraid to express themselves on social media in the recent past due to the high suspension rates and shadow banning. This is the reason why alternative ways for people to express themselves are coming up and #2bongeForum is one of them. pic.twitter.com/EG98gHqlZ0
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) October 6, 2019
— NaiBlogger🇰🇪 (@naiblogger) October 6, 2019
— Edward Genesis™ (@EKmwanzo) October 6, 2019