Days after Twitter criticized the Ugandan federal government’s order for Web companies to block social networks in the days leading to the African nation’s election, the results have actually been called, with Yoweri Museveni the victor over Bobi White wine. Red wine plans to challenge the election, alleging that he has proof that citizen scams cost him the election.
Museveni got 5.85 million votes, almost 59 percent of the overall. White wine received almost 35 percent with 3.48 million votes. According to Reuters, the Uganda Communications Commission purchased a nationwide web blackout starting on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., the day before election day. The letter about the shutdown said that it would “continue up until otherwise directed.”
Two days prior the election, Twitter condemned the internet shutdown via its Public law account. “We highly condemn web shutdowns– they are extremely damaging, violate standard human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet,” the tweet said.
Following Twitter publicly condemning the shutdown, a number of people spoke up against the declaration, calling it hypocritical after the platform permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account for possibly encouraging acts of violence. Some called it “paradoxical,” and others stated that the business wasn’t self-aware.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson lambasted the statement and referred to restrictions on social media. “None of this is actually uproarious. It’s frightening. We do not require to encourage you of that. You have actually seen the crackdown and the censorship all week long, and you notice all of it’s going to get worse, and you’re best about that. It is going to get even worse,” he stated in a section.
The blackout restricted interaction among Ugandans, consisting of election observers and opposition party operatives, and minimal information that people could access.
Twitter shared that it had been active in trying to fight those who had actually attempted to interfere in the election and stated details on where disturbance comes from will be made available.