Twitter slams Uganda internet shutdown

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Twitter has called out Ugandan authorities for alleged shutdown of internet ahead of the Thursday general election.

“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,” Twitter Public Policy said on Wednesday.

“We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”

Earlier this week, in close coordination with its peers, the global firm that runs Facebook suspended a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda.

“If we can attribute any of this activity to state-backed actors, we will disclose to our archive of information operations:”

It said access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.

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