Except for Facebook, Ugandan authorities have announced the restoration of social media networks that were blocked a day before the 14 January 2021 general elections. While the internet was restored on 18 January after President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner in the disputed polls, social media platforms have remained inaccessible.
Authorities cited security concerns for the shutdown and a move to combat “elements that were a threat to the credibility of the elections.” Museveni accused social media platforms of being biased and arrogant following Facebook’s decision to remove accounts linked to the ruling party.
This week Uganda’s Minister of State for Information, Communication and Technology Peter Ogwang confirmed that social media services had been fully restored.
He called on Ugandans to be constructive and not destructive consumers of social media services and added: “Internet and social media services have been fully restored. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, but it was for the security of our country.”
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