Uganda are introducing a social media tax
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Yoweri Musevini has been Uganda’s President since 1986 and, due to fears of ‘online gossip’ he’s going to impose a tax of Ugandan’s usage of social media.
It will cost users 200 Ugandan Shillings, the equivalent of around four pence, to access sites like Twitter and Instagram. The government hope to make 400bn Ugandan shillings annually from the new tax.
Critics have argued that the new tax limits free speech but Uganda is not the first African nation to impose such a tax. Tanzania, for example, introduced a law requiring bloggers and
The interesting thing about this tax is that it can be seen in one of two ways: the first conception is that it’s an attack on free speech. The intention of the tax certainly seems to be minimising the ease with which anti-government sentiment can spread.
The alternative way of looking at it
The Journal of Computers and Human Behaviour recently conducted a study indicating that people using multiple social media platforms were more than three times as likely to have high levels of general anxiety symptoms
While the motivations of these African internet taxes seem highly questionable (the expensive Tanzanian demands on bloggers particularly,) might some sort of government intervention one day seem necessary in the UK? Watch this space.