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Ugandan Government Shuts Down Facebook, Twitter, Others

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said his government shut down social media two days before the country heads to the polls, accusing Facebook and unnamed outside groups of arrogance after the social media giant this week.

Museveni, dressed in a military jacket on Wednesday said he was sure the government has closed social media and apologised to Ugandans for what he called an inconvenience.

In a letter seen by news agencies Uganda Communications Commission Executive Director Irene Sewankambo ordered telecommunications companies to immediately suspend any access and use of social media and online messaging platforms.

The list of banned social media sites includes Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Signal and Viber. Some of these were already offline since on Tuesday.

The development came as, Bobi Wine, Museveni’s main challenger, said police had raided his home and beat two security guards.

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