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Uganda to Enact Social Media Tax to Curb Gossip

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Uganda’s parliament passed a law that will tax people who use social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, BBC reports.

Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill would tax people who use the internet platforms 200 shilling, or 5 cents, a day. It would go into effect on July 1.

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, has said that social media promotes gossip.

The law would also impose a 1 percent tax on financial transactions done on cell phones, a move that could negatively impact poor Ugandans, according to the BBC.

The hope is that the revenue from the taxes will help pay off the African nation’s national debt, according to the State Minister for Finance David Bahati.

Authorities aren’t sure how this tax will be implemented because they don’t know how to identify which Ugandans use social media.

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