The African country of Uganda has brought in a new law taxing users for the use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. The idea was conceived by president Yoweri Museveni. According to president Museveni, social media platforms promotes gossip which is, opinions, prejudices, insults, friendly chats”. He believes that the revenue generated from the said tax could be used to lessen the burden of debt on Ugandan government. He also mentioned that he is against taxing internet in general as this could harm the educational aspect of it.
The tax is to the tune of 200 Uganda Schilling which is equivalent to about 0.5 USD. While it may not sound a lot but for the considerably poor Ugandan citizens this is still a heavy burden. Ugandan minister Frank Tumwebaze said that the revenue will be used to improve broadband structures. The citizens have criticized the move and many are using VPNs to dodge the tax. Some people believe that this move is to cut down criticism and disapproval against the government.