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Twitter Condemns Uganda For Blocking Social Media Apps And Censoring Internet Before Key Election

Twitter is openly condemning internet service providers blocking social media apps in the run-up to an election in Uganda as it takes criticism for alleged censorship on its own platform.

“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,” the social media giant posted in a statement on Tuesday.

“We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet,” the statement continued.

The company argued that “access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”

Last year, Twitter was widely criticized for censorship on its platform, including the spiking of a bombshell New York Post story on President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings.

In recent weeks, the social media platform was slammed by conservatives after the company permanently banned President Trump and appeared to purge tens of thousands of followers from many prominent conservative accounts.

Additionally, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared to recently celebrate the news that Parler, a conservative response to Twitter, was banned from Apple’s app store.

Conservatives on Twitter quickly blasted the social media company in response to the Uganda statement.

“are there no mirrors at twitter,” Blaze social media editor Jessica O’Donnell tweeted.

“What kind of monsters would block the right to free speech!!!” policy writer and commentator Anuraag Saxena tweeted. “Oh wait!”

Twitter declined to answer a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.

Uganda has banned social media and stepped up security days before the presidential election between President Yoweri Museveni and his challenger Bobi Wine. Museveni apologized for the move but claimed he had “no choice” after Facebook removed several posts supporting his party.

Author: Andrew Mark Miller, Social Media Producer

Source: Washington Examiner : Twitter condemns Uganda for blocking social media apps and censoring internet before key election

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