East africa is such a hub of top brains when it comes to technology and innovation, being spear headed by Nairobi kenya where so much has been achieved in the tech industry ranging from i cut to M Pesa.
when it comes to the social media netwirks generally, those we use in African countries are owned by American companies and you can’t fault people since they are the most popular.
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Now in Uganda, The Observer reports that the Uganda Communications Commission wants to launch local social media platforms, apparently in a bid to lower Internet costs.
“That is one of the projects we are working on,” Uganda Communications Commission’s Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi was quoted as saying.
“There is an investor who is bringing our own social media platforms. Instead of Twitter, you’re going to have something local that you’re going to use,” he said.
His main point is the fact that this move will lower internet costs. “The moment you access the Internet, you first go to America and come back when you are surfing. But if we had our own content here, it will be cheaper.”
Uganda is not also new to policies that aim to govern the Internet. They blocked social media sites from being accessed during their election in 2016.