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Uganda imposed a “social media tax” on citizens beginning July 1, triggering protests from human rights groups throughout the week that the tax represented an attack on freedom of speech.
On July 1, the government began its policy of charging a fee of 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) in addition to normal internet charges for those who use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and services such as Skype and YouTube, as well as dating sites such as Tinder and Grindr.
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Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni first proposed the tax in March in a bid to curb a growth in “opinions, prejudices, insults [and] friendly chats,” while his government also expects to gain $100 million towards its treasury.
However, critics say the real motive was to help curb online criticism of the government and to help fund excessive spending. On social media, activists have started a Twitter account entitled #ThisTaxMustGo that has already amassed over 33,600 followers.
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“Stop dancing around the truth people, we need to have a conversation on the current state of affairs in this country,” reads one of their tweets. “Having a conversation is not to abuse or insult others but to exchange opinions.”
The human rights group Amnesty International also called...
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