Four days after the elections, the government re-enabled the internet access and other social media sites resumed operations. However, Facebook did not resume its operations in Uganda and it has remained closed up to date.
The government is currently in final stages of allowing the site to resume operations, but on stipulated terms and conditions.
“I know you are being hurt because of Facebook, but also closing Facebook was good in a way because our own young people here have now come up with platforms that are competing with Facebook, many,” an official said yesterday.
Reportedly, a total of 150 platforms have been developed and are competing with Facebook
“Yes, Facebook still has the biggest number of people worldwide, but now we have other platforms here by our young boys. We are finalizing the issue of Facebook. I think we shall soon open it but at our terms as a country. We have refused as Ugandans, to be intimidated,” he added.
Facebook is not part of social media in Uganda
NEWSLEXPOINT.com earlier reported that Facebook may not be considered a part of social media in Uganda anymore. This is because even after OTT was lifted, Facebook is not accessible without VPN. The site has been shut down since the 13th-January, a day before elections.
The public has been crying for the government to lift the ban on social media site but all in vain. When social media was unlocked after elections, only Facebook remained locked.
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