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President Museveni confirms the switching off of Facebook

By Michael Nampala 13 Jan 2021 05:28 PM EAT

The President while addressing the nation last night confirmed that he ordered the switching off of social media, particularly Facebook for taking sides.

"One of the international groups in the other social media channel where people spend a lot of time spending messages to one another, decided to block the NRM message senders, why would anybody do that..."

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Social media networks in Uganda have been switched off ahead of the general elections

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"If it has to operate in Uganda, it should be used equitably by everybody who wants to use it, but if you take sides, then they should not operate here...Facebook has been closed."

"I am sorry about the inconvenience to those who have been using this channel including me, but we cannot tolerate this arrogance of anybody coming to decide for us on who is good and who is bad."

Other networks like Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp are all off as Uganda prepares for the January 14 elections.

Less than a week back Facebook deleted some profiles belonging to NRM supporters and notable among them were Ashburg Katto, Bajjo, Full Figure and Isma Olaxess.

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It is either hacking, deleting, suspending or even being banned that has happened to the affected accounts and if you do not fall in that category, then the government switching off social media would not spare you.

Some have been forced to go the VPN avenue, but it is equally not cheap limiting their activity further.

In the same vein, Uganda Communications Commission had written to Google to disable a number of channels affiliated to the National Unity Platform (NUP) that were covering Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine rallies.
 

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