A Tax on Twitter Is Sending Ugandans Into the Streets

An activist opposed to the removal of the presidential age limit is arrested, Kampala, Uganda, Sept. 21, 2017 (AP photo by Ronald Kabuubi).
An activist opposed to the removal of the presidential age limit is arrested, Kampala, Uganda, Sept. 21, 2017 (AP photo by Ronald Kabuubi).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Senior Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. In recent years, the leaders of a number of African countries have tried to curtail the influence of social media by imposing internet blackouts, especially during elections and other times of heightened tension. This year, Uganda has been pushing something different: a tax on the use of social media, which would have the added benefit of raising revenue while muffling criticism of President Yoweri Museveni’s government. The BBC reported that, under the new measure, users of social media sites […]

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