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Ugandan president slaps taxes on social media users

Wednesday 4 April 2018 | 09:35 CET | News
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has slapped new taxes on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Viber to stop what the President has called 'gossip', the Monitor reported. The new tax proposals have been castigated by social media users, including human rights defenders and opposition leaders. The proposed tax measures seek to help the government raise UGX 400-1.4 trillion from social media users annually, and were ordered by the President in a 12 March letter to Finance minister Matia Kasaija.

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Companies: Facebook / MTN / Skype / Twitter / Viber / WhatsApp
Countries: Uganda
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