Gov’t plans to monitor social media
The minister of security, Muruli Mukasa has said Government is setting up a centre to monitor social media content deemed to be of a security threat to the country.
He pointed out that Government looks to apply for a court order to enable it check email accounts of those who want to threaten the security of the county.
Mukasa made it very clear that Government will not close any media houses’ websites or other websites.He was responding to a question raised during a media briefing on whether Government would shut down social media sites especially Twitter and Facebook.
The centre will be managed by Government security operatives and IT experts.
According to him, 15 out of 16 million mobile telephone subscribers have so far registered.
The executive director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Godfrey Mutabazi backed the minister on monitoring social media content, saying the commission can trace security threat messages through social media.