Social media has given creatives and people at large the opportunity to make money online.
Influencers are people who are known for one particular thing, it could either be beauty, fashion, tech or anything else. For some time now most people did not understand how “influencing” would work. However, most people are now appreciating that you can actually make money online. The Ugandan government has noted this and has now taken a step further to commercialize IG accounts.
So how will it work?
Ugandans will now have to‘register’ their activities for ‘monitoring’ by the state, the country’s communication said. This will also be done as an attempt to regulate social media influencers and their work. Influencers include politicians, musicians and other creatives. The standard fee will be $20 which is KSh 2,000.
Although the Ugandan government claims that this new move is in attempt to regulate content, most Ugandans disagree. Recently, university lecturer and activist Stella Nyanzi was jailed for 18-months on cyber harassment charges stemming from a Facebook post criticizing Museveni, who has ruled the country for the past three and a half decades. It is rather obvious that the Ugandan government will be moderating social media and locking people up when they seem to oppose the President with their opinions or statements. What do you think?