Jan 11, 2021

Uganda elections 2021: Facebook shuts government-linked accounts

Facebook has shut down accounts it says are linked to the Ugandan government, only days before elections for a new president and parliament. In a BBC interview, the government accused Facebook of being biased. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo hit back in a BBC Facebook Live interview, accusing Facebook of failing to adhere to "Natural justice" and echoing suggestions by other government figures that the social network is trying to influence the election outcome. The government spokesman said Thursday's elections would be free and fair. Facebook has shut a slew of accounts belonging to Ugandan government officials, accusing them of "Co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour" in the public debate ahead of Thursday's election.

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