UCC threatens to ban social media

12 Feb 2015

Telecoms regulator the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned that it could shut down access to social networking sites for national security reasons, if the websites are misused, NTV reports. Speaking at a press conference marking the recent launch of Vodafone Uganda, UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi told reporters that social media is a ‘very good invention’ that would ‘transform’ Uganda but warned that if it is abused, the government would be forced to take drastic measures, adding that it ‘has the capacity to shut it down.’ The official went on: ‘I can assure you, if you destabilise the country through social media, it will be taken away.’