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Uganda imposes hefty social media tax to chop down on ‘gossip’


Uganda’s parliament has handed a brand new social media tax, which is able to cost a day by day payment of 200 Ugandan shillings (about US$0.50, £0.40, AU$0.70) to anybody utilizing social apps comparable to Fb, WhatsApp and Twitter. That is a hefty sum for a rustic with a GDP per capita of about 2,511,500 shillings.

The nation’s president, Yoweri Museveni, pushed for the tax on the grounds that social media encourages “gossip”. Nonetheless, it is not clear how social media use shall be monitored and the way the cash shall be collected.

Entry to social media in Uganda was shut down utterly throughout elections in 2016, in what Museveni known as “a safety measure to avert lies”.

Taxes and bans

The information comes shortly after Papua New Guinea’s authorities introduced an experiment to block Fb for a month to establish faux customers and gauge how the social community impacts the nation’s residents. 

“The time will permit data to be collected to establish customers that cover behind faux accounts, customers that add pornographic pictures, customers that submit false and deceptive data,” communications minister Sam Basil advised the nation’s hottest newspaper, the Submit-Courier.

Basil has additionally prompt that Papua New Guinea might arrange its personal various social community.

By way of Engadget