Last week, the Ugandan Communications Commission issued an order in which they ordered telecommunications companies to immediately suspend any access and use of social media and online messaging platforms. The internet shutdown in Uganda that had entered its fifth day on Monday has ended.
Social media is however still blocked and only accessible through VPN. The internet was shut down on Wednesday night with just hours to go before polling stations opened for Thursday’s general elections.
This was shortly after Facebook apparently suspended hundreds of pro-government Ugandan accounts.
President Yoweri Museveni while commenting about Facebook’s decision said “there was no way anyone would come to Uganda and decide what is good or bad.”