Looks like Donald Trump isn’t the only one getting chucked out of social networks.
With Uganda set to hold its presidential and parliamentary elections on Thursday this week, Facebook has shut down a number of accounts belonging to Ugandan officials that have been accused of manipulating public debate ahead of elections.
What’s the offence here?
“Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior.”
under Facebook’s Community Standards as “the use of multiple Facebook or Instagram assets, working in concert to engage in inauthentic behaviour where the use of fake accounts is central to the operation.”
How did the affected victims take it?
Not well. Don Wanyama, Senior Press Secretary to Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni was not pleased about this. He said on Twitter
, “Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of @NRMOnline supporters. You can take away your platforms, you won’t take away @KagutaMuseveni votes,”
Social media platforms have released a flurry of policies to protect the integrity of elections around the world after getting the heat for not doing enough to address United States election-related misinformation in 2016.