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  Business   In Other News  02 Jul 2018  Uganda implements new tax for using social media

Uganda implements new tax for using social media

AP
Published : Jul 2, 2018, 4:45 pm IST
Updated : Jul 2, 2018, 4:45 pm IST

social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of Shs 200 (5 cents).

A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.
 A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

Kampala: A new tax on social media has taken effect in Uganda, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.

A tax on users of sites such as Facebook was first proposed by long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, who complained of online gossip in a March letter that urged the finance minister to raise money "to cope with the consequences."

In addition to the usual data fees, social media users now must pay upfront a daily levy of Shs200 (5 cents) to access everything from WhatsApp to Twitter. Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, a prominent human rights lawyer in Uganda, said many people are "bitter" because the tax "was brought in bad faith."

Tags: social media, tax implementation, social media tax, yoweri museveni
Location: Uganda, Central, Kampala