Uganda shut down all social media in the country on Tuesday after the country’s longtime leader accused Facebook of attending Thursday’s presidential election.
President Yoweri Museveni, 76, apologized for the inconvenience caused by the ban. But it said Uganda had no choice after Facebook deleted multiple accounts linked to its re-election campaign.
“If you want to take sides (the ruling), that group will not operate in Uganda,” he said at a national address.
“We cannot tolerate the arrogance of anyone who decides for us who is good and bad.”
On Monday, Facebook said it had removed a network of accounts linked to Uganda̵7;s Ministry of Information that “used fake and duplicate accounts to manipulate comment pages on other people’s content, impersonating users to share posts. Repeat in the group to make it more popular. Than it is. ”
The social network giant did not immediately respond to the president’s comments on Tuesday, but Twitter, which appears to be hit by the ban, undermines the move.
“We condemn the violent shutdown of the Internet, which is very detrimental, violates fundamental human rights and principles of #OpenInternet, ”said in a statement.
“Access to information and freedom of expression and public discussion on Twitter has never been more important in the democratic process, especially elections.”
Many social media users were unhappy with Twitter’s comments, noting that the company, which recently permanently suspended President Trump’s account, has confused The New York Post during the 2020 race about reporting on Hunter. Biden
“What an amazing level of cunning !!!” wrote one.
Amazing tweet During the elections in the country, Twitter shut down the NY Post for disapproval of its coverage. Another user commented.
Museveni, which has ruled Uganda since 1986, is facing challenges from popular singer Bobi Wine and opposition lawmaker, which has drawn a large crowd among the country’s youth.
Wine, 38, used Facebook to live stream his campaigns and news conferences, saying several media outlets – mostly owned by government partners or state-owned – refused to host him.
The International Press Institute, the global media watchdog, called on Uganda to reinstate its social media network.
“Any attempt to block the online access of a journalist or member of the public is an unacceptable violation of the right to information,” it said in a statement.
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