Amnesty critical after Uganda levies unpopular social media tax

The Star | July. 02, 2018

"Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Skype, Google Hangouts and yahoo Messenger are among the many brands accessed via telecoms networks." /REUTERS

Uganda has imposed a levy on social media access which it says will fund public services but has been widely resisted as oppressive and aimed at curbing government criticism.

Deputy government spokesman Shaban Bantariza told Reuters that the new levy took effect at midnight on Saturday and that it was an appropriate source of much needed revenue.

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