Uganda Moves to Impose Gossip Tax on Facebook, WhatsApp
The Ugandan parliament recently passed a law that imposes a controversial tax on the usage of messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, and Twitter. The law, which was supported by President Yoweri Museveni, seeks to discourage the use of social media as it encourages the spread of gossip according to the government.
The law, which will take effect on July 1, will impose 200 shilling or $0.05 a day on app users. However, many doubt that the government will be able to implement it effectively.
The president, who pushed for the law, nevertheless said that internet data should not be taxes as it is uses for “educational, research or reference purposes”.