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Ugandan Government Shuts Down Social Media Ahead Of Elections

The Ugandan government decided to block access to social media on both computers and mobile phones ahead of election day, all popular social media platforms such as facebook, twitter and whatsapp were shut down on Wednesday at mid-night.

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Amnesty International deputy regional director, Sarah Jackson said the shut down of social media is definitely a violation of Ugandan’s fundamental human rights to freedom of expression and to receive and look for information. Right now Ugandans are unable to update their Facebook pages or making tweets.

Social media is reportedly said to be used as debate and rallying platform for most Ugandans.

many have been posting pictures and making different remarks about the government saying that “ almost all things have changed in Uganda in 30 years but except the president.

After president Museveni finished casting his vote at his home in western Uganda, he said many are misusing social media, he therefore defended its closure as security measure to avoid lies intending to encourage violence and illegal announcement of election results.

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