World leaders are making it known that they do not support and will not tolerate the censorship Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google have been inflicting on those they disagree with politically.
Germany, Mexico, India, Australia, and other countries allied with the United States have called out how “problematic” they find Big Tech censorship to be.
However, another country that agrees may come as a surprise, especially given that African countries typically don’t weigh in on such issues. That country is Uganda.
Following restrictions Facebook and Twitter placed on the social media accounts of Uganda government employees during their election cycle, Uganda decided to fight back.
The African nation ordered internet service providers to temporarily block the tech moguls if they refuse to be “friendly and equitable” to the people of Uganda. They said they may make the blockage permanent if Twitter and Facebook do not stop meddling.
This comes after the Uganda Media Centre posted a video statement where Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni demanded accountability from Facebook and Twitter for interfering in their elections.
“WATCH: We demand that @Facebook & @Twitter write directly to the individuals that lost their accounts. Since @Facebook cited @MoICT_Ug in their statement, let them write to us so that there’s a chance for a fair hearing. Accounts lost on Facebook belong to @GovUGANDA employees.”
WATCH: We demand that @Facebook & @Twitter write directly to the individuals that lost their accounts. Since @Facebook cited @MoICT_Ug in their statement, let them write to us so that there’s a chance for a fair hearing.
Accounts lost on Facebook belong to @GovUganda employees. pic.twitter.com/gGSDYkfgWI
— Uganda Media Centre (@UgandaMediaCent) January 12, 2021
In response, Twitter issued the most glaringly hypocritical statement imaginable just days after banning the President of the United States as well as tens of thousands of his supporters.
“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.
We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet,” the Twitter Public Policy account said, later adding, “Access to information and freedom of expression, including the public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during democratic processes, particularly elections.”
Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.
We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) January 12, 2021
The unbelievably and shockingly hypocritical response is beyond anything we have ever witnessed from the Left and Big Tech before.
Twitter and Facebook literally just got done banning thousands of individuals, groups, and posts for the entirety of the 2020 U.S. presidential election – from civilians to government officials, and even the president himself.
Then, they proceeded to make those bans permanent after the election results were certified.
Yet, now that another country has banned its platforms entirely, Twitter suddenly knows something about “freedom of expression” and “access to information” during an election.
Where was their respect for our First Amendment right to freedom of speech just a few days ago when they went on a complete and total censorship rampage on Americans?
Hopefully, this wakes people up to how shamelessly hypocritical the far-Left is, revealing their complete disregard for our rights and freedoms under the U.S. Constitution. Uganda shouldn’t be more outraged than America at Big Tech violating our basic rights.