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OFWONO: WE SHALL NOT LIFT BAN ON FACEBOOK UNLESS GOV’T ACCOUNTS ARE OPENED

By Flavia Ajok

HOIMA: Ofwono Opondo the Executive Director of Uganda Media Center says that the government will not lift ban on Facebook unless they {Facebook} lifts ban on government officials accounts.

It will be remembered that since early 2021 Government blocked the social media giant in the country at the peak of the recently held general election in reaction to Facebook’s decision to take down a number of Ugandan government officials accounts.

In an interview with ugreports.com, Ofwono said the government will not lift the ban on Facebook saying it’s a tit for tat game with Facebook management since it was a business with Ugandans.

‘’When Facebook lifts the ban on government accounts, we will also do the same otherwise it’s a tit for tat game with Facebook management since it was a business with Ugandans,’’ he vowed.

Ofwono stressed that closing Facebook is not fatal to Ugandan government noting if it was radios or televisions it would be hurting the majority

‘’Majority of Ugandans do listen to radios and watch televisions that operate in the most common languages but Facebook is a foreign company and it has been the government of Uganda giving it money since they were using it,’’ Ofwono said.

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According to Ofwono, the closure of Facebook accounts of Ugandan government officials and its citizens has not prevented Ugandans from using other social media platforms.

Ofwono said Facebook management closed government officials’ and associated accounts without telling them what the offence was or asking government to make a response formally thus added that by government also blocking the Facebook accounts was a legitimate cause.

‘’Facebook management closed government officials’ and associated accounts without telling us what the offence was or asking the government to make a formal response formally, the government also blocking the Facebook accounts was a legitimate cause,’’ Ofwono said.

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