Twitter has released a statement in condemnation of the internet shutdown that took effect on Tuesday in Uganda ahead of presidential elections slated for Thursday.
On Tuesday 12th January 2020, the Uganda government through the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) blocked access to a couple of social media platforms.Several Twitter users in Uganda woke up to several failed attempts trying to use the platform before realising that they had to find alternative ways including VPNs to access Twitter.
Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.Twitter Public PolicyRead Also: President Museveni confirms blockage of access to social media in Uganda ahead of elections
Ugandan singer Beenie Gunter attending to his phoneIn a statement released through the Twitter Public Policy handle, the social media platform acknowledges that internet service providers in Uganda were ordered to block social media and messaging apps.Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.Twitter Public Policy
Twitter as well emphasised that it strongly condems the internet shutdowns because they violate human rights and principles of the ‘Open Internet’.
“We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet” read a statement on the Twitter Public Policy handle.
Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) January 12, 2021Twitter further admitted “suspending a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda”.
“Earlier this week, in close coordination with our peers, we suspended a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda.” – Twitter Public Policy.
Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!
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