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Day December 2, 2014

Has the social media crackdown in Uganda begun already? UAH activist group removed from Facebook


Well known activist social media group, ‘ Ugandans At Heart(UAH) Community’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 14.30pm UK time on 02 December 2014, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as the reason. Seeing as UAH has tight moderation, what breach of terms of service are difficult to specify. The group moderators complained to Facebook and haven’t heard anything back.

This is one group that has been connecting Ugandans in and out of the country. Though it had turned mostly political, their decision to close it makes it look like Facebook has been compromised by the leadership in Uganda.

It had rules of discipline in place and it was well spelt out to all members, as indicated in our outside site at:

http://ugandansatheart.org/ugandans-at-heartuahforum/

We had banned over 2500 members before its closure. We never allowed anybody to advertise on the site. We removed nude pictures if any members made a mistake to post them.We sent reminders to members to observe the forum rules. We removed posts that break forum rules. We fulfilled all the rules of moderation of a discussion group and there was no hate being promoted on our group.

The group had over 6,5000 members. A new page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/899442860088396/ for all the members who wish to rejoin the group. If any other progressive activist groups start getting this kind of treatment on any other social media sites, please contact the Facebook administrators, and let them know that they are working towards promoting dictatorships in Africa, and this is unacceptable.

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