Jan 12, 2021

Uganda elections 2021: Social media blocked ahead of poll

Uganda has blocked access to social media and messaging apps ahead of Thursday's hotly contested election. The run-up to the election has been marred by tension and violence. On Monday, the government described Facebook's action as high-handed and said Thursday's elections would be free and fair. During the 2016 election, the government blocked social media on polling day and for several days after, which led to the proliferation of VPN use in the country, our reporter says. "Violence, terror seem to be scaled up with every coming election. This election has witnessed untold violence. It gets worse and worse by the day," he said.

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