Uganda Set To Launch its Own Social Media Platforms

Uganda working on its on Social Media Platform following the pornography policy

We all know that most of the social media networks use in African countries are owned by American companies and this is no body’s fault since they are the most popular.

Now in Uganda, According to reports from The Observer, the Uganda Communications Commission is about to launch local social media platforms, apparently in a bid to reduce Internet costs.

The Uganda Communications Commission’s Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi was quoated saying;

“That is one of the projects we are working on next year.

“There is an investor who is bringing our own social media platforms. Instead of Twitter, you’re going to have something local that you’re going to use.”

His main point is the fact that this move will lower internet costs.

“The moment you access the Internet, you first go to America and come back when you are surfing. But if we had our own content here, it will be cheaper.”

According to Internet World Stats, Uganda has around 13 million Internet users out of a population of around 41 million. Mutabazi said that it is possible to have 10 million people subscribing to local social media platforms.

This move conjures a number of questions like whether people would be willing to join these networks, what local social networks will be developed and whether there will be government interference.

Not the First

This is not the first time Uganda government will be going local with its policies on internet control. The government blocked social media sites from being accessed during their election in 2016. Last year, they also announced that they ordered a pornography detecting machine to combat pornography in the country.

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