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750,000 Kenyans Rank 3rd After Indians, Nigerians on Anonymous Chats During Coronavirus Scare

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The developers behind the anonymous messaging app known as Kubool have disclosed how Kenyans swamped the platform during this month when most social behavior was condensed to online presence.

The app was trending on Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp with a number of male users in Kenya claiming they could not use the platform that allows one get to know what their network think about them.

According to Souvik Ghosh, the COO and Co-Founder of Kubool, in the past one week the application received more messages than they anticipated.

Ghosh who insists the software had not been developed to mine data from users, stated that there were over 750,000 Kenyans who used Kubool.

The sudden bump, he said had forced them to power up their servers in order to contain the massive growth in demand for the sending of messages without identity disclosures.

“When it comes to demographics, for the month of march Kenya was the 3rd most largest country in terms of viewership after Nigeria and India., We have seen over 750,000+ users for this month,” Ghosh stated in an interview on Saturday morning.

The users were highest in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa followed closely by Ruiru and Nanyuki in the fifth place.

He revealed that men and women in Kenya equally used the messaging app that also monitors and empowers users to flag undesired posts targeted at bullying cyber bullies.
“When it comes to gender, we would like to comment that, it was a 50-50 throughout the month,” held Ghosh, adding that, “we can safely conclude that people do have free time as of now due to the current pandemic going on, and we urge them to stay indoors. Kubool seems to be a very good time pass for everyone.”

The inspiration behind the development of the app that is barely a year old, was creating a platform where people can be complimented by their close ones.

The developers say their users can always get to know about what they can improve in themselves for their own good without necessarily knowing or hating on persons who point out undesired behaiour.

Data Mining and Safety

Kubool’s management admitted there were concerns over data safety and possible mining of private data, which they say is critical to them.

Ghosh underlined that the app only asks users to create accounts using a username of their choice which together with users’ IP addresses are stored for safety.

“While signing up, we do not ask users about anything except an Username and Password of their choice. When they go further down the line they “may choose to” enter their email ID but it is always at their own will,” divulged Ghosh.

The app developers’ determination in being as anonymous as possible and as such often they do not take the email addresses of their users.

Emails are mostly needed the in case users receive bad responses and they want to report on the application with the IP addresses being used to block those reported to be misusing the app.

Cyber Bullying

Ghosh begins by saying everyone at Kubool hates cyber bullying and works hard to eliminate it as much as possible.

He is keen to note that most of the messages sent on the app were positive while only 1 in twenty are negative anonymous posts.

According to their internal reports, on average 95% of the answers we sent in March were positive. The rest were on the negative end.
The positive numbers also includes constructive criticism which the developers find important for anyone who needs to improve themselves as a person.

“Fun fact, just only this month, as much as 100,000 proposals were made using Kubool., Think about those 100k I Love You’s, this definitely can eliminate any negativity out there,” he observed.

When we insisted on possibility of users giving away private date, Ghosh was quick to clarify that, “we certainly do not collect any private data at all (except the IP address and maybe email). So, there’s nothing to worry about.”

Kubool has been in existence since August 2019. It is an app to know what others think about them on a day to day basis.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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