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Ugandan Ban On WhatsApp, Facebook To Continue Until Further Notice

By Our Tech Reporter

The minister of Internal Affairs, Jeje Odongo, has said that social media platforms in Uganda will remain blocked until they are no longer a threat to national security.

Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp were blocked in Uganda ahead of January 14th presidential election.

Hon Jeje Odong

Security agencies alleged that opposition figures were planning to use social media to coordinate plans of causing anarchy after the elections.

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ordered telecom companies to switch off the internet in the country on January 13, a day to the polls.

Uganda was off the internet grid for at least five days before government authorised UCC to turn it back on. However, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube remained inaccessible. Three weeks later, they are yet to be granted operational permission in the country.

In a security press briefing held on Wednesday, Odongo said that the platforms will remain blocked until the government completes its investigations into the use of social media.

“Subsequently, we will say we have assessed and they are no longer a threat and we shall unblock them so that you continue to enjoy your peace,” Odongo said.

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