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Influencers and bloggers in Uganda to pay fee before posting content online

Influencers and bloggers in Uganda will now have to pay a fee to post their content on online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

According to the Uganda Communications Commission, bloggers and influencers will have to obtain a license costing Sh2,000.

Ibrahim Bbossa, UCC’s head of Public Relations, said the money will ensure influencers and bloggers are responsible for the kind of content they post online.

“Online content creators have to be governed because the freedom will allow them to spread fake news and incite violence,” said Bbossa.

However, influencers and bloggers have spoken out, saying the government’s intention is not good, adding that President Museveni wants to limit their freedom of speech and censor what they publish.

In 2018, Uganda introduced social media tax which required Ugandans to pay Sh50 daily so as to use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

According to Museveni, the social media tax was put in place to increase government revenue and reduce gossip.

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