Facebook explains the banning of pro-Museveni accounts
Facebook has explained the banning of pro-President Museveni accounts that were recently blocked ahead of January 14,2021 general election
The facebook head of communication for sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo,tells Agence France-Presse-AFP in an email that the accounts belong to Ugandan government officials were accused of seeking to manipulate public debate.
Anim-Addo says they removed a network of accounts and pages in Uganda that engaged in Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour-CIB to target public debate ahead of the election.
She says the network linked to the ministry of information and communications technology used fake and duplicate accounts to manage pages, comment on other people’s content, impersonate users, re-share posts in groups to make them appear more popular than they were.
Anim-Addo adds that given the impending election in Uganda, they moved quickly to investigate and take down this network.
However, the president’s senior press secretary Don Wanyama, accuses the company of seeking to influence the election.
Social media giants have come under increasing scrutiny over the content they allow to spread on their networks.
Twitter, Instagram and Facebook blocked US President Donald Trump over incitement to violence after his supporters stormed the US Capitol last Wednesday, a move his backers see as an assault on free speech.
Owners of over 50 Facebook accounts, aligned with the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM on January 09, claimed blocking with some pages permanently unpublished or deleted on Facebook, a social networking application.
Uganda is holding presidential and parliamentary elections with 11 vying for presidency.