Tax on Social Media: How Uganda Lives under the Controversial Internet Law
For most people in the world, letting Facebook gather your personal data or saying mean things to celebrities on Twitter are their sovereign rights given to them by the gods. Maybe that’s the reason why most of us were pretty surprised to find out that in Uganda you now have to pay the government in order to access new memes. This thing looks weird even compared to the most ridiculous internet laws known to the humankind.
While the tax is just around $19, it’s pretty much for local people who make just a bit more than $1,000 a year. So, why did their government do it? How do the locals react? What happens next?