Social media use taxed in Uganda to tackle 'gossip'
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 01/06/2018 23:22
Users of Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and other social media in Uganda will have to pay a daily tax from July, according to a new law that rights activists have criticised as a bid to stifle free speech.
Uganda’s parliament passed a law late on Wednesday imposing a tax of 200 shillings (five cents) a day on users of so-called “over-the-top” services which publish content bypassing traditional distributors. The new law did not spell out how the tax would be applied and collected.
Uganda imposes tax on social media use
Uganda’s parliament has imposed a tax on the use of social media in a bid to raise revenue but opponents of the law say it aims to stifle criticism of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.
Users will be charged 200 shillings ($0.0531) per day for services such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. That amounts to around $19 per year in a country where gross domestic product per capita was around $615 in 2016, according to World Bank figures.