KBC Channel 1, allegedly posted provisional presidential results depicting Raila as the leading presidential aspirant in the 2022 polls. The tweet sent mixed reactions as previously, major media stations had stopped showing Kenyans the presidential tallies, following unexplained circumstances.
From the image shown in the trending tweets section, Raila Odinga was the leading candidate with 7,070,849 votes (49.83%) while William Ruto came in second with 7,025,250 votes (49.51%). George Wajackoyah and David Mwaure came in 3rd and 4th, garnering 60,639 (0.43%) and 32,355 (0.23%) respectively.
The Deleted KBC Tweet
The alleged tweet was deleted a few minutes after posting, but Kenyans on Twitter had already taken screenshots and shared them to friends and family. It was after deletion of the tweet that many eyebrows were raised. Something wasn’t right.
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Users on twitter attacked the media station asking them why they would try to fool Kenyans, yet they had already taken evidence of the tweet. Several pro-Raila twitters users could not hide their joy as they spread the images all over the internet. Other users, however, lamented saying that Kenyans need independent media, insinuating that the current ones are biased to political candidates. Quite frankly, the information that is now deleted has caused more confusion among Kenyans.
Daily Hub acknowledges that the media station must have had a good reason to delete that tweet. Kenyans however, are yet to get a good explanation as to why such information would be revealed an be deleted minutes later.
Misinformation at large
In this era of misinformation, it is important to note that despite several screenshots of the same tweet being shared, there is no solid proof that KBC actually posted the provisional results on their twitter handle. Any graphic designer can easily create/alter these images and spread them all over social media. Programmers and tech gurus can however use the wayback machine to access all deleted tweets of KBC Channel 1, so as to clarify on the issue.