Social media on the rise - Foundation Office Uganda and South Sudan
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Uganda is the youngest country in the world – at least population wise. More than three quarters of the inhabitants are below 30 years old. Most likely, this is why Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp & Co. enjoy increasing popularity. At the end of June 2016 there were almost 12 million Internet users in Uganda, which are about a third of the entire population in the country. At least 1.8 million of them have a Facebook account. Four years ago there were only around 560.000 Facebook users in the country. Like other parts of the world, Uganda experiences a shift from traditional media to online sources. According to the Afrobarometer, six percent of the Ugandans read their news on the Internet. 95 percent of those consume news via Facebook, says Rosebell Kagumire, an expert for social media.