The Western world continued with varied reactions to Uganda’s signing of anti-gay bill that effectively sends LBGT offenders to a life in prison.
Joining the fray are multi-national social media companies Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp which have threatened Â to suspend Operations In Uganda due to the Anti-gay law.
Facebook’s chief operations officer, Sheryl Kara Sandberg,Â has issued a statement that they are reviewing their engagement in Uganda after President Museveni yesterday signed the Anti Gay Bill into law.
“When we launched Facebook, we thought it as a platform to advance people’s rights and liberties of self expression in all form.Â We were equally shocked to learn that Uganda as a country had gone ahead to sign the Anti Homosexuality bill into a law” reads Facebook’s statement.
“Facebook is currently reviewing its engagement to Uganda, as we seek to come up with a voice to express our dissatisfaction. And of course, suspending our operations in Uganda is one of the options we are considering.Â In the event that we suspend operations in Uganda, our platforms of Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp will be off for a time we shall deem necessary,” continues the statement.
“We strongly condemn the act of the Ugandan Government to overstep the rights of a minority.Â All humans are created equal and deserve a right to freedom and happiness”.
In July last year, Facebook, a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community in America, had its 700 workers employees, including Mark Zuckerberg, as well as former Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, march in the San Francisco Pride Parade to show their support for the LGBTQ community.