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Uganda: Museveni & Bobi Wine take their electoral fight online

By Morris Kiruga

Posted on January 12, 2021 08:51

The the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bruising Ugandan election campaign has taken to social media, with the ruling party and opposition leaders seeking to mobilise voters and get their messages out.

On Monday, Facebook confirmed that it had deactivated a network of accounts it traced back to Uganda’s information ministry.

In a statement, the social media platform said the accounts “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.”

President Yoweri Museveni’s press secretary Don Wanyama claimed Facebook’s move was unfair.