Uganda’s Tax Policy On Social Media Takes Effect
Many Ugandans online woke up to find that they are unable to access social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp following the government’s directive to tax users UGX 200 daily before they can access them.
The directive took effect yesterday midnight.
Naija News recalls that the government introduced the new tax for use of popular social media platforms which include WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, Instagram, YouTube, Skype, and others.
President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encourages gossip.
Naija News also learnt that citizens have resorted to the use of Virtual Private Networks in a bid to dodge government’s social media tax. Even this, the government has promised to block.
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Many Ugandans online unable to access social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp following government directive to tax users UGX 200 daily before they can access them. The directive was effected today (Sunday) at midnight. #NTVNEWS pic.twitter.com/QggVLzH4Jw
— NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) June 30, 2018