The backstory is that Twitter and other tech giants tried to interfere in the Ugandan election by mass-banning certain accounts.

So Uganda took the entirely appropriate step of leveling the playing field by banning Twitter altogether. The U.S. should have done the same in 2020.
Here is Twitter admitting it ("we were just trying to help!")

Uganda: we don't want your help!
Twitter did not know de way

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