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    Facebook clears Uganda’s accounts before the election

    Facebook blocked a network in Uganda linked to the country’s information ministry for using fake and duplicate accounts to be posted ahead of this week’s presidential election, the US social media giant said Monday. Ugandans vote Thursday in presidential elections that pits longtime leader Yoweri Museveni against 10 candidates, including opposition leader Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-lawmaker whose star power rocked the ruling party.

    “Given the upcoming elections in Uganda, we have moved quickly to investigate and dismantle this network,” Facebook he said in a statement. “We found that this network is connected to the Government Citizens Interaction Center at the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology in Uganda. “” They used fake and duplicate accounts to manage pages, comment on other people’s content, impersonate users, re-share posts into groups to make them appear more popular than they were. ” Facebook She said.

    Judith Nabakooba, Uganda’s information minister, told Reuters she needed more time to study the situation before commenting. Dozens of opposition protesters were killed during a campaign marked by crackdowns on Wine rallies that authorities say are contravening the brakes on rallies to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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    • Ugandans vote Thursday in presidential elections that pits longtime leader Yoweri Museveni against 10 candidates, including opposition leader Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-lawmaker whose star power rocked the ruling party. “Given the upcoming elections in Uganda, we have moved quickly to investigate and dismantle this network,” Facebook he said in a statement.
    • Facebook clears Uganda’s accounts before the election
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