The Ugandan government has implemented a law which comes into effect on 1st July 2018 stating mobile users to pay taxes to use mobile money transactions and social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Skype.
Users in Uganda will have to pay 200 Ugandan shillings (4 Indian rupee / 5 cents in USD) a day if they want to use social media or pay using mobile money. But there will be no tax on internet data itself as it is useful for “educational, research or reference purposes”.
Ugandan telecom providers sent out a statement instructing users how to pay with mobile money using their services
According to the Ugandan government, this tax will help Uganda pay off its growing national debt and will also stop online gossiping.
Many people have raised concerns that this can decrease the overall internet usage, and also would curtail freedom of expression.
A lot of people are pissed about this and are using a VPN to tackle the tax.