Facebook takes down Uganda’s government officials accounts.


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As Uganda heads to their election, a number of government officials and some members of the ruling party have had their Facebook accounts shut down. This act was as a result of accused manipulation of public debate. 

In a statement released by Facebook on Monday stated that there have been several election controversies thus they have no choice than to investigate the course and take down the network. 

“Given the impending election in Uganda, we moved quickly to investigate and take down this network. They used fake and duplicate accounts to manage pages, comment on other people’s content, impersonate users, re-share posts in groups to make them appear more popular than they were.”

Don Wanyama, the senior press secretary of Museveni has accused the company of influencing the election when he noticed that both his Facebook and Instagram accounts have been taken off. One of his tweets says so.

“Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of [ruling party] NRM supporters. You won’t take away President Kaguta Museveni.”

Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Frank Tumwebaze has also shared the same thought as Don Wanyama urging Facebook to unblock their accounts. 

Many of Museveni prominent supporters including a renowned blogger and doctor have had their accounts taken down.

The account shutdown comes amid heightened tensions between the two main candidates who are running against nine others.

The president, who has been in power since 1986, has long accused foreign organisations and elements of backing Wine in a bid to remove his government.

Source: Al Jazeera

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