>> Uganda's government has found something new to tax, social media. Citizens now have to pay 200 shillings, or $0.05 a day, to use Facebook, Twitter and the like. This week, activists set out to challenge the levy, filing a petition to the constitutional court, saying it limits basic rights and harms business, tech, and innovation.
President Yoweri Museveni is unapologetic though. Ugandans are using social media for lying, he said, and it's a luxury anyway. Many in the capital Kampala disagree.>> I use social media, I use WhatsApp, maybe for sending images, samples of what I do. So if they put more taxes, then I'll be limited.
>> Many people reportedly finding technical ways to bypass the tax, with the country's media under tight control. This blogger says the tax is squezzing one of the lost platforms for free expression.>> It is not helpful, it is not good for freedom of expression, it is not good for social inclusion, for people who are locked out of opportunities.
Because we operate in a connected economy.>> Uganda's courts are clogged, though, so it could take years to obtain a verdict.