This Nation Just Proposed Levying a Social Media Tax to Generate Revenue to Pay Down Debt

Share: 

In what is probably one of the more unique maneuvers out there to raise tax revenue, the nation of Uganda is proposing a tax on social media that would amount to $USD .05 per day but which could net the government $USD 1.5 million a month to be directed towards paying down the sovereign debt – a move that would have a disproportionate effect on photographers who rely on social media as a way to promote their work.

Of course, critics highlight the difficulty in tracking Ugandans' social media use and, further, monitoring how the funds are spent and on what.

Given that social media is so integral to the daily lives of millions of people across the globe, a tax on it would almost seem punitive if not downright cynical.

Image via Lisa Fotios from Pexels.com.

Advocates of free speech and Internet access rights point to a tax on social media use as a way to curtail the freedom of expression often found on these forums while other people point out that the amount is nominal at best.

Creating laws for social media use and regulating social media networks is not a new concept, however.

As Facebook’s absence in China demonstrates, if a national government doesn’t want a power player in the social media space to have access to their market they won’t.

In fact, Resource Magazine specifically highlights comments from Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni said that social media platforms “encourage gossip.”

Holding office since 1986, Museveni shut down all of Uganda’s social media in two separate incidents in 2016 during the country’s national elections. Again, the given reason was the “lies” being spread on the platform. Uganda’s Finance Minister Matia Kasaija justified the tax, saying: “We’re looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more social media, more often, more frequently.”

Currently 41% of Uganda’s population uses the Internet and it is often a source of news and entertainment for many citizens of Uganda.

What We Recommend to Improve Your Photography Fast

It's possible to get some pretty large improvements in your photography skills very fast be learning some fundamentals. Consider this the 80:20 rule of photography where 80% of the improvements will come from 20% of the learnable skills. Those fundamentals include camera craft, composition, understanding light and mastering post-production. Here are the premium guides we recommend.

  1. html cleaner  Easy DSLR –  Friend of Light Stalking, Ken Schultz has developed this course over several years and it still remains the single best source for mastering your camera by identifying the main things that are holding you back.
  2. Word to html  Understanding Composition – As one of the core elements of a good photograph, getting your head around composition is essential. Photzy's guide to the subject is an excellent introduction. Their follow-up on Advanced Composition is also well worth a read.
  3. Word to html  Understanding Light – Also by Photzy, the other essential part of photography is covered in this epic guide and followed up in Understanding Light, Part 2. This is fundamental stuff that every photographer should aim to master.
  4. Word to html  5 Minute Magic Lightroom Workflow – Understanding post production is one of the keys to photographs that you will be proud of. This short course by one of the best in the business will show you how an award-winning photographer does it.

About Author

Kehl is our staff photography news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing and you can get to know him better here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *