Social media users in Uganda will be taxed for the use of their favorite online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as the government attempts to boost the domestic budget.
The government in Uganda has proposed a daily tax of around $0.027 on all social media users in the country, according to BusinessDailyAfrica .
The tax will be levied via the sim cards that are inserted in mobile devices, from which most Ugandans access the internet and sites such as Facebook.
Messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Skype are considered social media platforms in this regard, and use of those applications would therefore also result in the tax needing to be paid.
Uganda has a total population of 41 million people, with 23.6 million mobile phone subscribers and 17 million using mobile devices to connect to the internet, according to Reuters. Facebook users alone in the country amount to around 2.2 million, reports Internetworldstats.
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