Twitter has come out to condemn the internet shutdown ahead of the Uganda election.
Ugandan Presidential Spokesman Don Wanyama spoke to the Associated Press and accused Facebook of favoring the opposition in the upcoming Ugandan election. “Facebook is interfering in the electoral process of Uganda” he stated while also adding that “if people wanted to have the evidence of outside interference, now they have it.”
Facebook responded to the accusation by stating that they “used fake and duplicate accounts to manage pages, comment on other people’s content, impersonate users, re-share posts in groups to make them appear more popular than they were. Given the impending election in Uganda, we moved quickly to investigate and take down this network.”
Twitter public policy account tweeted in response to the Ugandan internet shutdown that “we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps. We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”
The public policy account also sent out a couple more tweets addressing the situation in Uganda.
“Earlier this week, in close coordination with our peers, we suspended a number of accounts targeting the election in Uganda. If we can attribute any of this activity to state-backed actors, we will disclose to our archive of information operations.” They concluded the threat by saying that “access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”
Twitter condemning censorship on social media account one week after President Donald Trump was issued a permanent suspension from Twitter along with several other social media platforms.