Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.
We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) January 12, 2021
Twitter followed its condemnation by suspending “a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda.”
Facebook coordinated with Twitter to remove accounts connected to Uganda’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology because they displayed “inauthentic behavior,” the Seattle Times reported.
The Ugandan government said these accounts belong to state officials and other people who back the National Resistance Movement, which rules the nation.
Uganda’s president told Twitter to stop interfering in the country’s election.
“If you want to take sides against the NRM, then that group should not operate in Uganda,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said. “We cannot tolerate this arrogance of anybody coming to decide for us who is good and who is bad.”
During the American election, Twitter and Facebook prevented the free flow of information related to Democrat Joe Biden’s numerous scandals.
The far-left technology company suspended 70,000 accounts that published political opinions with which Twitter disagreed.
“These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service,” Twitter Safety wrote on Jan. 12 in a blog post.
Despite deceptive public relations statements, the conservative purge on Twitter has nothing to do with fears that QAnon accounts may incite violence, since the platform proudly hosts hashtags such as #KillTrump.
Conservatives on Twitter have also complained that they have been losing followers at a high rate in the past week.
Just to add to the chorus, I’ve lost about 5,000 followers. It’s clear that Twitter is wiping out conservative accounts. That’s why your follower counts are going down. This is the biggest purge we’ve seen, and not the last.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 8, 2021