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FACEBOOK OFF ALREADY

By Mulengera Reporters

Sources close to the regulator Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) say this is because “there are some technical issues that are being resolved.” Already several users are complaining of difficulties connecting to their Facebook pages and accounts.

Many have since morning been sharing their experiences via whatsapp platforms which are still operating normally without any interference. Quoting anonymous sources, the BBC has this morning reported that there is a big likelihood social media will totally be switched off to enable government control online political narratives throughout the entire week. This is how one social media user has this morning voiced his aggrievement: “That’s the reason Government ensures no live streaming on TVs & Radios of any rioting& control transmission. The switching off of Internet is intended to incapacitate Urban activists & limit foreign media reach&never intended for rural areas!”

Mulengera News efforts to get clarification from UCC Publicist Ibrahim K Bbosa were unsuccessful as he didn’t take our repeated calls. Neither did he readily respond to our text messages but a tweet attributed to him indicates “There is no directive to switch off the internet during elections.” These growing difficulties by users accessing their social media accounts was a few days ago preceded by Facebook’s unilateral action deleting or blocking hundreds of accounts belonging to renowned President Museveni supporters.

This has since been justified on grounds that the affected users were involved in inappropriate conduct including operating a multiplicity of pseudo accounts aimed at improperly influencing political debates ahead of Thursday general elections. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

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