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The authorities of Uganda have introduced a tax on social networks and messengers to avoid “spreading gossip”

How to monitor the use of social networks, is still unknown.

The Ugandan parliament passed a law that imposes a daily tax for the use of social networks and instant messengers. These include Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Viber.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (Yoweri Museveni) ordered to introduce the law, insisting that social networks are spreading gossip. The tax amount is 200 shillings (about 3 rubles).

The law will enter into force on July 1, but how it will be applied and how the authorities intend to monitor the use of social networks is not yet clear. The collected money the government expects to spend on the payment of Uganda’s national debt.

The Government of Uganda plans to introduce a social network tax for the first time in April. Finance Minister Matia Kasaija told Reuters that the authorities also need money to ensure security in the country and the development of the electric power industry so that “people could use social networks more freely and freely.”

Out of 41 million people in Uganda, mobile communications are used by 23.6 million people, and the Internet is used by 17 million people. In 2016, in Uganda, during the presidential elections, they blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Then President Museveni explained this by the necessity to stop the “spreading of lies”.

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