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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Uganda orders all social media to be blocked as hotly contested election looms – letter — RT World Information


The Uganda Communications Fee has apparently determined to dam all social media platforms “till additional discover” because the nation prepares to take to the polls on Thursday.

Uganda ordered its web service suppliers to dam all social media platforms and messaging apps on Tuesday, in accordance with a letter obtained by Reuters.  

“Uganda Communications Fee hereby directs you to right away droop any entry and use, direct or in any other case, of all social media platforms and on-line messaging purposes over your community till additional discover,” the letter reads. 

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that customers had been now not capable of entry Fb. Google PlayStore, Apple Retailer and YouTube had already been switched off. 



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Whereas the controversial banning of US President Donald Trump from Twitter has stolen the headlines, the Ugandan authorities has additionally been at odds with social media corporations.   

On Monday, Fb shut a slew of accounts belonging to Ugandan authorities officers, saying that the pages had been getting used to control public debate forward of elections. 

“This month, we eliminated a community of accounts and pages in Uganda that engaged in CIB (Coordinated Inauthentic Habits) to focus on public debate forward of the election,” Fb’s head of communication for sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo, stated in an electronic mail. 



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Social media has been extensively utilized by candidates within the run-up to Thursday’s election which pits long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in energy for 34 years, towards popstar-turned-politician Bobi Wine. 

Wine has repeatedly used his Twitter account to focus on the reported harassment he and his colleagues have skilled on the marketing campaign path. In November, Wine was arrested by safety forces, sparking widespread unrest throughout the nation.

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