Ugandans rally against new social media tax

Jul 04, 2018, 7:55 AM EDT
(Source: Jan Persiel/flickr)
(Source: Jan Persiel/flickr)

A coalition of activist groups, politicians and the general public has stood up against Uganda’s attempt to ride roughshod over its citizens’ rights with a new law that slaps a tax of $0.05 per day for using social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook.

Ugandans are livid with the dictate, which they believe is an attempt to muzzle dissenting voices and to keep people from participating in global conversation, notes Futurism.

The government defends the tax as a means to silence “gossip” and generate revenues, but the issue has burgeoned into a social problem with groups of young Ugandans threatening to mobilize the country if the tax isn’t rolled back immediately, writes The East African.