In a bit of the bizarre, Uganda’s Communications Commission will now make it compulsory for “providers of online data communications and broadcasting services to obtain authorisation.”
That’s a lot of words, but what does it mean?
According to the UCC; “if your Social Media page is used to transmit sound, video or data intended for simultaneous reception by the public (Broadcasting) and by data, we mean electronic representation of information in any form including audiovisual, you need authorisation as a data communicator.”
Bottom line; you now need authorization from the UCC before you start a Facebook live, Instagram Live, or Twitter live session.
Even more ridiculous is the fact that to get an authorization, you will need to pay an application of UGX 100,000 ($27) annually.
Now, not only will Ugandans have to pay a for an Over The Top (OTT) tax (a daily tax charged for the use of social media platforms), they will now need to register as broadcasters and pay a fee to put out information.
The end goal of a move like this is the repression of free speech and an attempt by government to escape public censure, especially given the role that social media platforms play in protests and popular uprising today.
Source: TechCabal Daily