The Government of Uganda has ordered the immediate shutdown of social media ahead of the country’s presidential election.
The Ugandan authorities have ordered telecommunications companies to “immediately suspend any access and use” of social media and online messaging platforms ahead of the country’s election scheduled for January 14, 2021.
According to Reuters, a letter by the executive director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Irene Sewankambo listed the ban social media sites are Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Signal and Viber.
“Uganda Communications Commission hereby directs you to immediately suspend any access and use, direct or otherwise, of all social media platforms and online messaging applications over your network until further notice,” the letter read.
In an email, Facebook’s head of communication for sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo, had said an account linked to the Ugandan’s ministry of information and communications technology was deleted over coordinated inauthentic behaviour.