Last July, Uganda launched a Social Media Tax in an effort to “maintain the security of the country and extend electricity,” rid of online gossip, fake news and increase governmental revenue, however, a recently surfaced report shows that Uganda social media tax has done more harm than good.

With tax being imposed on users who access 60 websites and social media apps such as WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook from their phones, according to the report, since the implementation of the tax, the number of internet users in Uganda has significantly declined by a staggering 15%. The Uganda Communications Commission noted that internet subscriptions have declined by more than 2.5 million users, leading to a loss in total revenues collection as well as mobile money transactions.

Speaking on the decline, the regulator explained: “The decline in the amount of business could partly be explained by the introduction of mobile money tax,”