Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Ugandans Now Have To Pay To Use Social Media

Many Ugandans were unable to access social networks on Sunday after the government's directive to charge users went into effect.

Last month, the Ugandan parliament passed new laws that introduced a new tax for the use of popular social media platforms that include WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, Instagram, YouTube, Skype and others.

Users of these platforms must pay Sh5.20 (UGX200) daily before they can access them.

"Many Ugandan online can not access social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp following government directives to impose taxes on UGX 200 users daily before they can access them." The directive was made today (Sunday) at midnight, "read a tweet from NTV Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni pressed for changes, arguing that social networks encourage gossip.

The new Special Tax Bill (Modification) will also impose various other taxes, including a one percent tax on the total value of mobile money transactions.

State Finance Minister David Bahati told parliament that tax increases were necessary to help Uganda pay its growing national debt.

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