Facebook has announced the shutting down of many accounts in Uganda belonging to government officials allegedly manipulating public debate ahead of the elections.
Uganda is in the midst of presidential and parliamentary elections following a bloody campaign between president Yoweri Museveni and Bobi Wine.
Facebook’s head of communication for sub-Saharan Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo said “This month, we removed a network of accounts and pages in Uganda that engaged in CIB (Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour) to target public debate ahead of the election.
“They 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 that they were”.
Anim-Ado added that the network was linked to the ministry of information and communications technology
However, Museveni’s senior press secretary Don Wanyama said the development by Facebook is targeted at influencing outcomes of the elections.
“Shame on the foreign forces that think they can aid and plant a puppet leadership on Uganda by disabling online accounts of (ruling party) NRM supporters,” he said on Twitter.
“You wont take away President Kaguta Museveni” he added.