The Ugandan regulator, Ugandan Communications Commission, has confessed blocking social media platforms on the same day the country is voting for a new president.
An official from UCC said on a local radio station that they had blocked Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and even Mobile Money services “for security reasons”.
“Social media is not at its best because of security reasons,” the official is quoted to have said.
By morning, all social media platforms; Facebook WhatsApp and Twitter were shutdown.
No one could access them or those who accessed them could not post anything.
UCC says they will be unblocked and restored “after assessing the security situation”.
“EC does not direct UCC,” the regulator said in a social media after tweeps lashed out at them for blocking social media.
“EC, UCC and other stakeholders are working jointly to ensure that the media behave professionally,” UCC added in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the blockage is meant to last 24 hours to prevent people from inciting the population, according to government.