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In Uganda, social networks have been blocked due to the presidential elections

In Uganda, social networks and many messaging apps have been blocked in light of the January 14th presidential election. The decision was traced back to outgoing President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders and president of Uganda since 1986. Museveni said he had no choice after Facebook’s decision to remove some accounts in support of his party, the National Resistance Movement. in the last days, Advertise Facebook To close a network of accounts attributed to the Ugandan Ministry of Information, which are being used for propaganda on Museveni’s behalf.

According to some of the documents he obtained ReutersUganda Communications Authority She asked Phone companies in the country to block access to most of the most popular social networks and messaging apps. The ban, according to analyzes of online traffic in Uganda, affects Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Skype, Snapchat, Viber and some app stores.

The blockade is seen as one of the systems Museveni uses to disrupt his opponents and the democratic conduct of the election campaign, especially against Bobby Wayne, the 38-year-old singer who is the platform for national unity. Wine has garnered much attention in a country where 80% of the population is under the age of 30. In addition to his arrest at the end of last year, Wayne has reported several other intimidation operations in recent days.

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