Did you know that the average African tweeter is more political than the average tweeter from other continents? That is according to reports by Portland Communications.
With that in mind, and also the fact that the people who run governments hold their posts thanks to politics; dirty politics or democratic politics. It has emerged that a small but growing group of governments in Africa have taken decided to block social media in their countries during elections period.
Take, for instance, Congo-Brazzaville, Chad, and Uganda. These countries recently held their presidential elections, and they were all marked with the blocking of social media. It seems governments have learnt not to underestimate the revolutionary powers a people can marshal up through social media. You only need to take a look at the Arab Spring, to see how social media can provide a platform for people to rise against an oppressive regime and oust it from power.
Social media in itself does not cause the uprising but provides the platform for encouraging and educating others in an effort to better coordinate the mass protest. Of course, when governments block …read more