Irony Alert: Twitter Condemns Internet Censorship Abroad

Irony Alert: Twitter Condemns Internet Censorship Abroad

Twitter is taking a stand against internet service providers censoring social media apps ahead of the Ugandan election despite celebrating censorship in the United States.

“Ahead of the Ugandan election, we’re hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps,” Twitter said in a statement. “We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.”

Despite the calls for an open internet in Uganda, critics have pointed out that Twitter seems to take a different position when it comes to American elections.

From the Washington Examiner:

In recent weeks, the social media platform was slammed by conservatives after the company permanently banned President Trump and appeared to purge tens of thousands of followers from many prominent conservative accounts.

Additionally, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared to recently celebrate the news that Parler, a conservative response to Twitter, was banned from Apple’s app store.

Seemingly blind to the irony of its stance, Twitter pressed on by saying that “access to information and freedom of expression, including public conversation on Twitter, is never more important than during the democratic process.”

But the irony was not lost on several conservative Twitter users, many of whom chimed in to point out the contradiction.

The social media giant was reacting to Uganda’s step to block social media in the country just days ahead of their presidential election. President Yoweri Museveni claimed that Facebook had removed posts supporting his party, leaving him “no choice” but to block all social media.

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