Harvard student sues Uganda president for blocking him on Twitter

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A student at Harvard University has filed a lawsuit against Uganda President Yoweri Museveni for blocking him on Twitter.

Ugandan student, Hillary Sseguya, who is studying International Relations at the US university claims, Museveni has violated his right to access of information about his country by blocking him on the social network.

Museveni sued for blocking student on Twitter

Aside from President Yweri Museveni, two public officials have also been named in the lawsuit filed by Hillary Sseguya. One of the officials named in the suit, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo,  responded by confirming he blocked the student because he found his tweets offensive. He also insisted Sseguya can access any information he wants regarding Uganda elsewhere on the internet.

Museveni isn’t the first leader to find himself entangled in a legal row for blocking users on social media. Sseguya’s story emerges after an appeals court in the US ruled in July that President Donald Trump had violated the First Amendment by blocking users on Twitter. He was challenged by a total of seven people he had blocked on the network.

A similar lawsuit has been filed against American politician and activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the debate over whether government officials should be able to block people on social media continues.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.