Facebook struggles not to unmask TVO


Facebook has made a late attempt to block an Irish court order forcing it to reveal the name of a Ugandan activist because it fears his/her life is at risk, The Times reported on Friday.

The activist, who posts under the pseudonym Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO), has 83,000 Facebook followers in Uganda, which has more than two million registered users.

TVO regularly updates their page with information that exposes alleged corruption and injustice perpetuated by leaders in the country.

Fred Muwema, a prominent lawyer in Uganda, lodged a claim in Dublin in May for damages over a post in which it was claimed that a break-in at Mr Muwema’s offices had been staged by himself.

TVO accused Muwema of stage-managing a raid at his law firm at the start of the presidential election petition in which Mbabazi a former prime minister unsuccessfully challenged President Yoweri Museveni’s election in the Supreme Court.

Last week, the court made three orders: 1- it rejected Muwema’s prayer for Facebook to take down all TVO’s posts (content), 2- it rejected his prayer to have Facebook restrain TVO from ever posting about him.

In the third order, the judge issued a Norwich pharmacal order (to have TVO identity revealed to the plaintiff) which would save the likes of Robert Shaka from being prosecuted.

One time, political analyst Charles Rwomushana was also arrested over the same.

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