Through their Twitter public policy a count, Twitter has strongly condemned the act of shutting down social media in the country ahead of 14th January elections.
“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we are hearing reports that internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps. We strongly condemned internet shut-downs, they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights ” Twitter said.
Ugandans woke up to shock on 12th January after they failed to log into their Facebook pages and and other social media platforms after government order them off.
Internet has also been slow since 12th Jan, UCC however said that the problem is due to traffic since many people are interested in Ugandan elections.
President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni confirmed later in the evening that government blocked access to Facebook accusing them of partiality and arrogance after they blocked accounts belonging to NRM supporters.
Internet service providers MTN and Airtel have also been directed by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to disable all social media and mobile money services .
Ugandans have now resorted to using Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access social media.