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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) that was established under the Uganda Communications Act 2013, to among other things, monitor, inspect, license, set standards and enforce compliance relating to content, has warned Ugandans against misusing electronic platforms. The Commission is also mandated to promote and safeguard the interests of consumers of all communication related services in Uganda.

Whilst UCC is happy about the innumerable benefits that the consumers and users of communications services are deriving from the emergence of social and electronic communications platforms, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube amongst others the Commission is increasingly receiving complaints against offensive and illegal content that is sent, shared and/or otherwise broadcast through electronic communication platforms.

The Commission has noted with concern the increasing use of social media to perpetrate illegalities like sectarianism, hate speech, inciting public violence and prejudice, pornographic content among others, which is not only exposing the unsuspecting public to financial, social and emotional distress but also posing serious national security concerns.

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UCC has therefore advised the general public against irresponsible and/or illegal use of all communication platforms and to be extra careful while using social media and all other forms of electronic communication.

In a press release, they urged social and electronic communication platform users, account managers and administrators should restrain themselves and group members against authoring, posting, receiving and sharing or forwarding any forms of electronic communications containing and or referring to illegal and/or offensive content to avoid the risk of being investigated and/or prosecuted for aiding and abetting the commission of any resultant offences.

The general public is requested to report all cases of abuse of social and electronic communication platforms to any police station nearest to them or to the Uganda Communications Commission located at UCC House, Plot 42-44 Spring Road Bugolobi Kampala and all UCC regional offices.