MTN Uganda has announced suspension of access and use of all social media platforms and online messaging applications enabled by the MTN network.
This follows a directive from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ordering all National Telecommunication Operators in the country to “immediately suspend access and use, direct or otherwise of all social media platforms and online messaging applications over the network until further notice.”
According to a statement issued on Wednesday January 13, by Rhona Arinaitwe, Senior Manager – Corporate Communications and PR, MTN has complied with the blocking order and is working with the authorities to limit the scope and duration of the disruption.
“MTN Uganda has, in compliance with its National Telecommunications Operator License and in accordance with MTN’s group-wide Digital Human Rights due diligence framework, implemented the directive,” the statement reads.
The service restriction order comes at a time when Uganda is in the final preparations for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday January 14, 2021.