In an fascinating assertion in direction of the top of 2017, Godfrey Mutabazi, Govt Director on the Uganda Communications Fee (UCC) mentioned that they’re engaged on launching their very own variations of fashionable social media platforms like Twitter in 2018.
One report quotes Mutabazi as saying that the UCC already has an investor who will help with bringing the social media platforms to life.
Mutabazi cited content material being hosted exterior Uganda as one of many the reason why the UCC is pursuing growing its personal variations of social media platforms and defined that “as a substitute of Ugandans, for instance, visiting Twitter, they are going to have one thing native that they are going to be capable to use.”
“The second you entry the Web, you first go to America and are available again when you find yourself browsing. But when we had our personal content material right here, it is going to be cheaper,” Mutabazi is quoted as saying.
Though the argument for native content material and domestically hosted content material is a sound one, the argument for a authorities developed and operated social media platform is dicey at greatest. The “nice firewall in China” offers us a snippet of what occurs when a authorities has affect and direct management over which digital platforms residents use.
This transfer may also be seen, in the end, as a manner for the Ugandan authorities to finally monitor and censor what customers say on these social media platforms.
Mutabazi defined that, as a technique to get extra Ugandans to make use of the deliberate social media platforms, authorities and telecommunication trade organizations will probably be “inspired” to make use of and promote the federal government developed social media platforms.
A worrying suggestion contemplating that in the course of the run-up to the earlier presidential elections in Uganda, the UCC “inspired” telecommunications corporations to close down social media platforms like Fb and Twitter in addition to instantaneous messaging platforms similar to WhatsApp to “keep away from violence” in the course of the elections.
After all, it additionally stays to be seen whether or not Ugandans will undertake these social media platforms.
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