According to a newly published report, at least 15% of the people who responded to a research survey in Uganda had not used social media since the introduction of the country's social media tax. Titled "Uganda Social Media and Mobile Money Taxes Survey Report" was a result of research and surveys conducted by Whitehead Communications Ltd.

Whitehead Communications say they conducted their surveys between 13 July 2018 and 16 July 2018,

"This public opinion survey produced a sizeable sample with an observable demographic profile. 72% were resided in Central Uganda, 15% in Western Uganda, 8% in Northern Uganda and 5% in Eastern Uganda, with 93 districts represented overall. Most surveyed respondents were between the ages of 18 and 35 (29% 18 – 24,0 41% 25 – 30,15% 31 – 35). 74% of respondents were male and 26% were female. Most respondents were highly educated: 56% had obtained a Bachelor’s Degree, 14% a Master’s or PhD, 9% had Vocational Certificate, 15% completed Secondary School, 3% other, 2% had no education and 1% completed only Primary School."

Sharp drop in social media use

The results of the survey indicate that there has been a significant drop in social media use since the tax on social media platform users was introduces.

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Results from survey by Whitehead Communications on social media use in Uganda.

The report also notes that 96% of the respondents had used social media in the past 6 months but this dropped to 85% after the social media tax was introduced. In the same vein, mobile money use dropped down to 44% compared to 93% in the last 6 months.

Many Ugandans have voiced their frustrations taking to Twitter informing the world about the law forcing them to pay 200 Ugandan shillings, equivalent to $0.05 or £0.04, for using social media. Despite government has said it will review the tax, it remains in effect.