KAMPALA — Ugandan authorities have hit out at tech giants Facebook and Twitter, saying, “you can take way your platforms [but] you won’t take away President Museveni votes”.
This was after Facebook shut down a large network of pro-ruling NRM accounts that were spreading malicious propaganda and threatening violence ahead of Uganda general polls.
“Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of NRM supporters. You can take away your platforms, you won’t take away Kaguta Museveni votes,” said a Senior Press Secretary to the President, Don Innocent Wanyama in a tweet.
“Big techs like Twitter and Facebook are being used by opponents of NRM to stifle pro-NRM voices in Uganda. They should “unfreeze” accounts they froze yesterday today,” he added, asking UCC to closely watch and act to ensure a fair digital playfield.
Over the 500 Facebook pages been pulled down for spreading malicious propaganda include Duncan Abiga, the Director Government Citizens Interaction Centre (GCIC), Chimp Reports and its manager Giles Muhame’s account.
Others are Ashburg Kato a socialite and blogger , Jennifer Full figure an ardent NRM supporter , Mzee Isma, Patrick Ocaido a Journalist, Dickens Okello, Kampala Times, Robusto Communications and Andrew Mukasa aka Bajjo’s accounts.
The suspension of NRM propagandists accounts which had a whopping sponsored following silences President Museveni primary megaphones days before the general election.
Facebook rules explicitly prohibits violence and harmful propaganda and those who break such rules can be removed from the site.